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UNFCCC Urges Rapid Ratification of the Doha Amendment

UNFCCC21 August 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat is encouraging governments to speed up their ratification of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to ensure that it enters into force by the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) to be held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

In a notification to parties, the UNFCCC Secretariat notes that instruments of acceptance have only been received from 11 parties out of the required 144, and asks parties to the Kyoto Protocol for an update on their ongoing preparations for ratifying the Doha Amendment. The status of ratification of the Doha Amendment will be provided to Parties at the upcoming CMP session in Lima, Peru, to be held from 1-12 December 2014.

The Secretariat further notes that the entry into force of the Doha Amendment is only one part of efforts to enhance pre-2020 ambition, citing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who characterized the adoption of the Doha Amendment as “a critical step in the global effort to tackle climate change” and encouraged parties “to swiftly accept this important Amendment.”

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observes that, for the Doha Amendment to enter into force, governments “need to complete their ratification process as soon as possible,” which will “provide an important positive political signal of the ambition of nations to step up crucial climate action.” [UNFCCC Press Release] [UNFCCC Notification to Parties]