Working Papers

The Paris Agreement one year later – where are the Parties to Framework Convention on Climate Change?

The Paris Agreement one year later – where are the Parties to Framework Convention on Climate Change?

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02 Nov 2016

Author(s): Gavin van der Nest

Much has been achieved in the relatively short span of time since the passing of the Paris Agreement in December 2015. The speed at which Parties ratified their respective agreements and deposited their instruments with the Secretariat emphasises the great importance that Parties place on the climate change challenge.

The Paris Agreement thus is expected to enter into force much sooner than initially expected. This will trigger a whole range of consequences as well as encouraging Parties which have not already ratified the Agreement to do so as soon as possible. 

This working paper provides an update on the implementation of the Paris Agreement by member states and related developments. A brief overview of the Paris Agreement will be given followed by the ratification process and developments in this regard. Finally, there will be a discussion about envisaged future developments and what current developments mean for future implementation and the combating of climate change.


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