After an overwhelming majority of European Parliament members voted to officially accept the Paris Agreement in an October 3rd session, European officials formally filed papers at the UN on October 5th which finalized the ratification process. Collecting a total of 76 nations which represented 59.91% of global emissions, of the required 55 nations and 55% of emissions, the agreement will now formally take effect, following a 30 day waiting period, in the days leading up to the UN’s next climate summit, COP22 in Marrakesh, in a sign of the urgency with which the world’s nations have set out to ensure the agreement is ratified.

While some nations have yet to ratify the agreement, including Russia, many of these nations have domestic approval processes underway. In the meanwhile, the provisions set out in the Paris Agreement at COP21 will now officially take legal force in the countries that have accepted the Agreement. This signals the beginning of a more detailed phase of planning and strategic work within the countries, down to a city level, as they develop individuals plans for reaching the targets set out for them.

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