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Ukraine, Micronesia ratify Paris Agreement

Ukraine and the Federated States of Micronesia have deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomes ratifications by Ukraine and Micronesia

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomes ratifications by Ukraine and Micronesia

While Micronesia made the deposition last Thursday (15 September 2016, Ukraine ratified on Monday (19 September 2016).

At the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), held in Paris, France, the Parties adopted the Paris Climate Change Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Agreement was opened for signature on 22 April 2016 at a high-level signature ceremony convened by the Secretary General in New York. At that ceremony, 174 States and the European Union signed the agreement and 15 States also deposited their instruments of ratification.

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As of 19 September 2016, there are 181 signatories to the Paris Agreement. Of these, 29 States have also deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval accounting in total for 40.12% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions.

The Agreement shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 % of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary.

Authoritative information on the status of the Paris Agreement, including information on signatories to the Agreement, ratification and entry into force, is provided by the Depositary, through the United Nations Treaty Collection website.

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Nigeria is expected to sign the treaty this week in New York. Afterwards, it will then deposit her instrument of ratification.

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