"Great day" for planet as EU ratifies Paris climate deal

Climate – Ratification of the Paris Agreement – Statement by Mme Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, responsible for International Climate Relations

Paris, 30 September 2016

The special European Council of Environment Ministers, meeting in Brussels today, has just authorized the European Union to deposit its ratification instrument for the Paris Agreement following the approval of the European Parliament, which is meeting on the issue on 4 October.

I thank the Slovak presidency for convening this extraordinary Council of Environment Ministers, as the Slovak Prime Minister and I had agreed to do when I met him in my capacity as COP21 President in Bratislava on 9 September.

Europe is approaching its date with history in the climate negotiations. This decisive stage could enable us to cross the threshold of 55% of greenhouse gas emissions necessary for the Paris Agreement to come into force, and to maintain the EU’s decisive role.

To date, 61 countries accounting for 47.79% of total emissions have ratified the agreement.

Six EU member states accounting for 4.39% of global greenhouse gas emissions – France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Malta and Slovakia – have completed their domestic ratification procedures.

India, which accounts for 4.1% of global emissions, announced a ratification of the Paris Agreement on 2 October 2016.

Consequently, if these steps are taken, less than one year after the Paris Agreement was adopted, the threshold of 55% of emissions could be achieved, realizing the goal I set for the agreement to come into force in 2016. The climate emergency is thus being fully taken into account./.

Published on 11/10/2016

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