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Commission welcomes entry into force of Paris Agreement ahead of UN climate conference in Marrakech

07/11/2016 - 05:26
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On 4 November the first major multilateral climate deal of the 21st century, the Paris Agreement on climate change legally entered into force, only 30 days after the EU's ratification and less than a year after the landmark agreement was adopted.

On 4 November the first major multilateral climate deal of the 21st century, the Paris Agreement on climate change legally entered into force, only 30 days after the EU's ratification and less than a year after the landmark agreement was adopted.

The global climate agreement entering into force much earlier than expected, shows the urgency for action of the entire world when it comes to fighting climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

The Vice-President in charge of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič said: "(…) Inaction is not an option; slowing down is not our course of action. We are ready to work at all levels, including the local level, to bring the benefits of this transition to our citizens."

The agreement passed the threshold to take effect just in time for the annual United Nations climate conference taking place from 7 to 18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. This year's conference will be aiming to act as a catalyst for further action and multi-stakeholder action.

Thus, the EU is keen to move rapidly on the international framework to help countries put in place the policies and measures to deliver on their Paris pledges. While keeping participation open to all countries, regardless of whether they are still ratifying the Agreement, the shift to a global low-carbon economy must advance as rapidly as possible.

The EU and its Member States are the biggest contributors to the Green Climate Fund and provide around a third of public funding giving access to finance for developing countries.

 The EU will be represented in Marrakech by László Sólymos, Minister of Environment for Slovakia, which currently holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, and Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.

A series of events will be organised during the COP 22A around themes, including, the role of forests, transport, buildings and renewable energy in the fight against climate change. The EU will host more than 100 events at the EU Pavilion.

Furthermore, the EU delegation will hold regular press briefings which will be streamed live and 'on demand' here.

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