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.
— UN Climate Action (@UNFCCC) November 3, 2016
Paris Agreement in full
The full text of the Paris Agreement is available here.