The European Union, Canada, Nepal and India formally ratified the COP21 Paris climate accord deal this week, meaning that 73 nations accounting for nearly 57% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions have confirmed. This exceeds the requirement for ratification by at least 55 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) representing at least 55 percent of global emissions. The accord will now be triggered on 4th November, before COP22 meets, and before November 8th’s US Presidential election.
The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s ratification of the Paris Climate Change agreement at a plenary meeting in Strasbourg, France, attended by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of COP21 Ségolène Royal.
US President Barack Obamadescribed “a historic day in the fight to protect our planet for future generations. This gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we got. With optimism and faith and hope, we are proving it is possible.”
EU Climate and Energy Commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, said: “We have the policies and tools to meet our targets, steer the global clean energy transition and modernize our economy...the world is moving and Europe is in a driver’s seat, confident and proud of leading the work to tackle climate change.”
COP22 will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco in November 2016, and Moroccan officials have confirmed that one day of the event will be dedicated to water. The “water day” is intended to bring attention to the role of water in climate adaptation and mitigation, following up on a similar day organized by France at COP21 in Paris.
A number of official and unofficial events are planned for Marrakesh to draw support from the public and negotiators for recognizing and assuring that water will be treated in a more systematic way for both policy and the implementation of climate mitigation and adaptation.