Germany Has Begun Ratification of Paris Climate Agreement
Federal Environment Ministry announced that the draft legislation for the ratification of Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed by 175 parties during formal ceremony in April 2016, was adopted by Federal Cabinet and will be presented to the Bundestag and Bundesrat after their summer recess.
Germany will be among the first EU member states after Hungary (ratified Paris Agreement on 24 May 2016) and France (ratified Paris Agreement on 15 June 2016) that began the ratification process.
The Paris Climate Agreement, which is expected to enter into force after at least 55 countries have ratified it, aims to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. Germany will carry out the last formal step of ratification, depositing the instrument of ratification jointly with other EU member states and the EU itself.
Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks commented, “Many thought that the Paris Agreement would not enter into force until 2020. But it will go much more quickly. All over the world there are many countries that would prefer to ratify the Paris agreement in record time and bring it into force. In Germany, our goal is to adopt the ratification legislation by the next climate conference in Marrakesh. It remains unclear whether all of the EU countries will achieve this, but nonetheless we are giving a clear signal that implementation and ratification is underway."
Source: Federal Environment Ministry
by Natalie Myhalnytska
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