The United States, China Formally Join the Paris Agreement

On September 3, 2016, the United States and China officially joined the Paris Agreement on climate change.  

In a ceremony held, in Hangzhou, China,  on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, both nations deposited their respective "instruments of acceptance" with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to join the Paris Agreement.

President Barack Obama delivered remarks underscoring the importance of the United States and China --  two of the worlds largest global economies and emitters -- embracing our responsibilities to address climate change. The president reflected on our nations' dialogue and cooperation on this issue over the last few years stating, "In 2014, President Xi and I stood together in Beijing to announce landmark climate targets for our two countries to meet. That announcement set us on the road to Paris by jumpstarting an intense diplomatic effort to put other countries on the same course. In 2015, we stood together in Washington to lay out additional actions our two countries would take, along with a roadmap for ultimately reaching a strong agreement in Paris. This year, in 2016, we meet again to commit formally to joining the agreement ahead of schedule, creating the prospect that the agreement might enter into force ahead of schedule, as well. The United States and China are taking that step today, as our two nations formally join the Paris Agreement."

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement in Hangzhou, China on September 3, 2016. [AP Photo]

When it comes to combatting climate change, President Obama underscored that China and the United States must lead by example noting, "Our entrance into this agreement continues the momentum of Paris, and should give the rest of the world confidence –- whether developed or developing countries -– that a low-carbon future is where the world is heading."

A view of U.S. President Barack Obama's signature on the Paris Climate Change Agreement. [White House photo by Brian Deese]

Last December, more than 190 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. In order for the agreement to take effect and enter into force, at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions need to formally join the Agreement. The actions of China and the United States mark a significant contribution towards the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement.  Countries representing around 40 percent of global emissions have now joined and more than 55 countries having already joined or publicly committed to work towards joining the agreement this year. 

In a statement following President Obama's announcement, Secretary of State John Kerry credited much of our shared progress to the comprehensive cooperation and dialogue our two nations have established. "In recent years, the United States and China have made climate change cooperation a pillar of our bilateral relationship. Both nations have taken strong measures to build low-carbon, climate-resilient economies domestically and internationally," he said.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pose for photographers as they shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement in Hangzhou, China on September 3, 2016. [AP photo]


Secretary Kerry underscored, the world is still a long way from where we need to be, but made clear in order to prevent the worst impacts of climate change from occurring, it is essential for the Paris Agreement to enter into force as quickly as possible.  He stated, "Both the United States and China strongly urge others to join the Agreement as soon as they are able, in hopes of meeting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s goal of bringing it into force this year. The urgency of this challenge is clear, and it is critical that global efforts move forward without delay."

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vicky d.
Florida, USA
September 6, 2016
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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shake hands in front of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement on September 3, 2016.
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