As many nations make calls for the swift ratification of the Paris Agreement, the profound impacts of climate change is hitting home, 2016 is forecast to be the hottest on record and more extreme weather events hit across the globe.
55 countries – representing 55 per cent of global emissions – need to ratify the agreement for it to formally take effect, and early support is in countries’ interest according to a UN aid.
Failing to ratify could leave countries out in the cold when it comes to deciding just how the new agreement will work, potentially putting them at a diplomatic and economic disadvantage.
As over 130 countries prepare to head to New York for the biggest ever UN signing ceremony – a symbolic first step towards fully implementing the agreement – calls are growing for countries to urgently adopt the deal and enact national laws and policies in line with the rapid global decarbonisation and the 1.5DegC temperature limit agreed in Paris.
- Momentum for climate action continues to grow at all levels. This month, 130 countries are expected to take part in the biggest UN signing ceremony in history; another collective acknowledgement of the climate threat and an important first step towards implementing the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile businesses, investors and citizens continue to up the stakes in the global transition to a 100 percent renewable future.
- Delivering on Paris means turning promises into action. Four small island states have already passed laws in support of the Agreement and countries from China to Germany and the UK are examining new legislation to take them closer to their Paris pledges. The sooner all governments move towards implementation and action the sooner they will embark on their collective abandonment of dirty energy.
- Countries getting ahead of the curve are reaping the benefits. Renewables are booming; clean energy investment outstripped that in fossil fuels two to one in 2015, and doubling capacity by 2030 could boost GDP by $1.3 trillion, create 24.4 million new jobs and save 4 million lives a year. Taking swift action now will see countries reap the climate, economic and health benefits of the transition, while falling behind will see them lacking clout on the international stage and stuck on volatile dirty energy sources.