President Maithripala Sirisena handed over the instruments pertaining to entry into force of Paris Agreement on Climate Change to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (Sep. 21) at the United Nations General Assembly, being held in New York.
Following that, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Paris Agreement has galvanized engagement of the United Nations’ engagement in fighting climate change at the highest level.
US Secretary of State John Kerry described this ratification as a landmark event that lays a solid foundation for the climate-resilient transformations of the global economy.
The Paris Agreement was opened for signature on 22 April 2016 at a high-level signature ceremony convened by the Secretary General in New York. At that ceremony, 174 States and the European Union signed the agreement and 15 states also deposited their instruments of ratification.
Currently, there are 185 signatories to the Paris Agreement. Of these, 61States have also deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval accounting in total for 47.78% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions.