Why Is The Paris Agreement So Monumental

The Paris Agreement is a pact under the 197-country United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which focuses heavily on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to the effects of climate change and providing financial assistance to developing countries affected by a changing climate. It is an important international agreement if we enter a new era of climate change, because this agreement shows that countries around the world with very different interests can come together to address common concerns that will affect us all. Since the elections, the U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement has continued and the agreement came into force at the first session of the Convention held in November in Marrakech, Morocco. Kyoto Protocol, 2005. The Kyoto Protocol [PDF], adopted in 1997 and entered into force in 2005, was the first legally binding climate treaty. It called on industrialized countries to reduce emissions by an average of 5% from 1990 levels and set up a system to monitor countries` progress. But the treaty did not force developing countries, including the major CO2 emitters China and India, to take action. The United States signed the agreement in 1998, but never ratified it and then withdrew its signature. On August 4, 2017, the Trump administration officially announced to the United Nations that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is legally entitled to it. [79] The formal declaration of resignation could not be submitted until after the agreement for the United States came into force on November 4, 2019 for a three-year date. [80] [81] On November 4, 2019, the U.S. government filed the withdrawal notice with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, custodian of the agreement, and formally withdrew from the Paris Agreement a year later, when the withdrawal came into effect.

[82] After the November 2020 elections, President-elect Joe Biden promised to reinstate the United States in the Paris Agreement for his first day in office and renew the U.S. commitment to climate change mitigation. [83] And no matter how popular the agreement itself has always been, you`re not alone if you want the White House to remain a part of the Paris Agreement all the time.