Paris Agreement

international agreement from 12 December 2015 within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020

The Paris Agreement (French: Accord de Paris) is a climate agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

John Kerry signing the Paris Agreement for the United States (2016).

The agreement deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance. Its aim is to keep the rise in global temperatures due to climate change to well below 2°C and preferably under 1.5°C, as well as to reach net zero emissions by the middle of the 21st century. It was concluded by 196 in 2015 and entered into force in 2016. It includes all UNFCCC member-states except Iran, although the United States withdrew during the Presidency of Donald Trump.

Quotes from the Paris Agreement


Quotes about the Paris Agreement

  • These children are ready to deliver their moral verdict on the people and institutions who knew all about the dangerous, depleted world they would inherit and yet chose not to act. They know what they think of Donald Trump in the United States and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Scott Morrison in Australia and all the other leaders who torch the planet with defiant glee while denying science so basic that these kids could grasp it easily at age eight. Their verdict is just as damning, if not more so, for the leaders who deliver passionate and moving speeches about the imperative to respect the Paris Climate Agreement and "make the planet great again" (France's Emanuel Macron, Canada's Justin Trudeau, and so many others), but who then shower subsidies, handouts, and licenses on the fossil fuel and agribusiness giants driving ecological breakdown.
    • Naomi Klein On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (2019)
  • The Paris accord assumes that each government consults with its own country’s engineers to devise a national energy strategy, with each of the 193 UN member states essentially producing a separate plan... Global engineering systems require global coordination. ...Both the scale and reliability of... globally connected high-tech systems are astounding, and depend on solutions implemented internationally, not country by country.
  • The transition to renewable energy can be greatly accelerated if the world’s governments finally bring the engineers to the fore... I was recently on a panel with three economists and a senior business-sector engineer. After the economists spoke... the engineer spoke succinctly and wisely. “I don’t really understand what you economists were just speaking about, but I do have a suggestion... Tell us engineers the desired ‘specs’ and the timeline, and we’ll get the job done.” This is not bravado.... The next big act belongs to the engineers. Energy transformation for climate safety is our twenty-first-century moonshot.

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