France ratifies the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
France will be the second European country to ratify the Paris agreement, thereby demonstrating its strong commitment to environmental protection and sustainable development.
On the 12th of December 2015, 175 countries met in Paris for COP21. Together, they decided to take action against climate change. In order to limit global warming to 2°Celsius, each of them promised to reduce its gas emission.
Through their willingness to cooperate, States have made COP21 a historical event. Civil societies and governments have realized that climate change is a global challenge which requires active and comprehensive collaboration regardless of political and economic differences.
Less than 6 months after COP21, the National Assembly and the French Parliament have voted to authorize President Hollande to sign the Paris Agreement. France is thus the second European country to ratify the treaty. This confirms the strong and genuine commitment of the French people to environmental protection.
The Paris agreement will formally be effective when 55 countries representing more than 55% of global emissions will have ratified it. The French Republic hopes that Heads of State and Government around the world will soon endorse the agreement, considering the urgency to protect our Earth.