Paris climate agreement to take effect on Nov. 4
A landmark agreement on climate change will enter into force on Nov. 4, backed by a coalition of the world’s largest polluters and small island nations threatened by rising seas.
U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said the EU, Canada and Nepal were all expected to deposit their instruments of ratification over the course of the day Wednesday, edging the percentage of emissions by ratifying countries past the 55 percent threshold needed for the treaty to take effect.
“I am delighted to announce that today the Paris Agreement will cross the second and final threshold needed for entry into force, and will enter into force on 4 November 2016,” Secretary Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued from Europe.
The deal takes effect 30 days after 55 countries, accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions, have adopted it. Sixty-two countries had done so as of Tuesday but they accounted only for about 52 percent.