The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Several large emitting countries, which had not yet completed their domestic approval processes in time for the event, also announced they were committed to joining the agreement this year.
The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after 55 countries, representing 55% of global emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance or accession with the Secretary-General.
One of the two thresholds for entry into force has now been met. There are now 60 countries that have joined the agreement—one more than the required 55 needed. These countries represent 48 percent of global emissions, just shy of the 55% needed for entry into force. In addition, 14 countries, representing 12.58% of emissions, committed to joining the agreement in 2016, virtually assuring that the Agreement will enter into force this year.