Paris agreement : the first agreement that enters into force in less than a year
Event to Celebrate the Deposit of Instruments of Ratification for the Paris Agreement - Statement by Mr Alexis Lamek, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 7 October 2016
President of the General Assembly,
I am very pleased and honoured to be with you today to celebrate the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
Who would have thought it possible? Well here we are. Less than one year after the adoption of the Paris agreement, we have reached the two thresholds for its entering into force. 74 countries representing 58.82% of global GHG emissions have ratified the Agreement. This is unprecedented and engaging.
We have achieved something that no one even dared to dream of last year. We had just adopted the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Sendai Framework. We worked hard with the Secretary-General and all governments but we did not know what would come out of CoP21 just a few weeks later. And we reached a universal, fair and ambitious agreement in Paris. It was a historical success and a victory for multilateralism.
It was a success for the United Nations and for the international community. It was also an extraordinary achievement for the European Union and its ambitious, forward looking action on the fight against climate change.
But at that time, those who were hoping for an early entry into force of the Agreement were seen as idealists, to say the least. President of CoP21, Minister Ségolène Royal, was among those who thought it possible.
And here we are now! The first ever multilateral agreement that enters into force in less than a year while it often takes a decade.
This is very encouraging: it means that no one single country questions the need for climate action; it also means that we are all committed and determined to act together to combat climate disruption.
But time is short, and we need to act now. The Agreement will enter into force on November 4th, a few days before CoP22 in Marrakesh. The next CoP will provide an opportunity to translate our commitments into concrete action, as well as host the first meeting of the parties to the Agreement.
On behalf of CoP21 president, I urge all countries that have not yet ratified to do so, so that the Agreement becomes truly universal.
Before I conclude, I would like to warmly thank, through you Mr Eliasson, the Secretary-General for his extraordinary leadership and for his vision. He made climate change his top priority during his mandate and I am confident that our next Secretary-General will keep climate change high on the multilateral agenda.
I thank you.