Announcement / Statement

This category includes notifications, announcements regarding high-level staff changes and appointments, speeches, press conferences, or official letters from high-level representatives related to climate change.

Mali Becomes 61st Party to the Paris Agreement [viewed]

MALI23 September 2016: The Government of Mali has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN. This latest ratification, deposited on 23 September 2016, brings the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement to 61. These countries represent 47.79% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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On Penultimate Day, UNGA Annual Debate Addresses, SDGs, Climate, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

ga-71-logo24 September 2016: On the penultimate day of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual general debate, countries continued to highlight implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries also described challenges related to graduation from least developed country (LDC) status and access to concessional financing. The debate, which closes on 26 September, is focusing on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US.

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Climate Week NYC Features Business-Smart, Low-Emission Commitments [viewed]

climate-week-nyc25 September 2016: Set in the context of an upcoming US presidential election and during the first UN General Assembly (UNGA) since the Paris Agreement was adopted, the eighth Climate Week NYC focused on promoting investment in innovation, technology and clean energy to drive profitability and progress toward net zero emissions. Stressing that a net zero emissions future depends greatly on decisions of the next US administration and Congress, global business and government leaders gathered in New York, US to raise the profile of smart climate action that, according to The Climate Group, can "create a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous America."

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Coalition Calls for Ambitious HFC Amendment to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

un_flags22 September 2016: Leaders from over 100 countries announced the formation of a coalition and issued a statement calling for the adoption of an ambitious amendment on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to the Montreal Protocol when the Protocol's 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) convenes in Kigali, Rwanda, from 10-14 October 2016.

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Transparency and Compliance Update: COP 22 Documents Released for Transparency Framework Discussions, Submissions Deadline Approaching [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2016: As the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC approaches, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of documents related to the transparency and compliance items on the various bodies' agendas. In the last month, reports and notes from the Secretariat have relayed the overall status of the submissions and review of the second Biennial Reports (BR2s) and updated on capacity-building progress for transparency. Status reports on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and reports on the technical review of BR2 submissions were also published.

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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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31 Countries Join Paris Agreement at UN High-Level Event, Passing First Threshold for Entry into Force [viewed]

paris_agreement21 September 2016: At a special ‘High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change' on 21 September, 31 countries deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement. Added to the 29 Parties that had already joined, these 60 Parties account for 47.76% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Having surpassed the first threshold for entry into force (55 Parties), the Agreement only needs enough new ratifications to account for an additional 7.24% of global GHG emissions in order to enter into force.

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New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreement19 September 2016: The Federated States of Micronesia deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 15 September. Ukraine deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN on 19 September 2016. In addition, Brazil, Panama and Mexico have recently completed their domestic processes for ratification and the deposit of their instruments is imminent. These additions will bring to 32 the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, with further announcements expected on 21 September during a special event convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for that purpose at UN Headquarters.

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On Ozone Day, UN Urges Action on Climate through HFC Phasedown [viewed]

united_unep16 September 2016: The UN marked International Ozone Day with a call to reach global consensus on a phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), highlighting that such a move could avoid up to half a degree of global warming by the end of the 21st century.

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Brazil, Panama Ratify Paris Agreement [viewed]

brazil_panama12 September 2016: Brazil and Panama both completed their domestic processes for ratification of the Paris Agreement on 12 September. These latest ratifications bring the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement to 29.

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