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Paris Agreement Enters Into Force on November 4

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Parent treaty goes into effect

On November 4, the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC)--the parent treaty for the Paris Climate Change Agreement--goes into effect.

The agreement has nearly universal acceptance with 197 members. The group of nearly 200 have committed to climate actions to keep the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius for the 21st century.

The UNFCCC serves as the parent treaty to other climate action agreements, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), all with the goal to prevent human interference from reaching dangerous levels within the climate system. The goal is to also help these actions be completed in a timeframe that allows natural adaptation of the ecosystem while still ensuring sustainable development across the globe.

"What started as two agendas have merged into one bold vision of a better world for every man, woman, and child." -- UNFCCC, Paris Agreement Going Live

The UNFCCC can only be successful if everyone does their part -- individuals, local, state, tribal, federal, public, private, and non-profit agencies, businesses, and organizations -- to meet the goals of these agreements, by reducing carbon emissions and engaging in sustainable development actions.

Paris Agreement in full

The full text of the Paris Agreement is available here.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.