The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) now has 197 members following the formal entry on Thursday (March 17) of the State of Palestine.
This is in accordance with its article 23 (2) which reads as follows: “For each State or regional economic integration organisation that ratifies, accepts or approves the Convention or accedes thereto after the deposit of the 5oth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit by such State or regional economic integration organisation of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.”
The State of Palestine deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on 18 December 2015.
The State of Palestine, also known simply as Palestine, is a partially recognised state in the Middle East. Its independence was declared on 15 November 1988 by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Algiers as a government-in-exile.