the Paris Agreement


The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992, then entered into force on 21 March 1994.

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The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015.

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It was opened for signature on 22 April 2016 at a ceremony in New York.


As of November 2016, 193 UNFCCC members have signed the treaty, 115 of which have ratified it.


After several European Union states ratified the agreement in October 2016, there were enough countries that had ratified the agreement that produce enough of the world's greenhouse gases for the agreement to enter into force.


The agreement went into effect on 4 November 2016.


The head of the Paris Conference, France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius, said this "ambitious and balanced" plan is a "historic turning point" in the goal of reducing global warming.

Global warming and climate change are terms for the observed century-scale rise in the average temperature of the Earth's climate system and its related effects.

Laurent Fabius is a French Socialist politician who served as Prime Minister of France from 17 July 1984 to 20 March 1986.


One year on, the ratification of the Paris Agreement was celebrated by the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo by illuminating the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, Paris' most iconic monuments, in green.

The Arc de Triomphe de l'√Čtoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-√Člys√©es at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l'√Čtoile ‚ÄĒ the √©toile or "star" of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues.

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France.

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