The Paris Agreement

On October 5th, members of the UN met in Paris to discuss global warming and how we can hold our citizens accountable for fixing the environment they have taken advantage of. The first session of the Conference involving the Parties who agreed to the Paris Agreement took place in Marrakech, Morocco from 15-18 November 2016. Over 170 countries signed this agreement. According to the UNFCC , the agreements central focus is to strengthen the global recognition of the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen and expedite the ability of countries response to the impacts of climate change. “To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives. The Agreement also provides for enhanced transparency of action and support through a more robust transparency framework”.

After the recent election, many countries are worried that the US will not stick to their agreement. President Trump, unfortunately, does not see these environmental issues as a priority of his presidency and this makes many feel hopeless.
Although, Many urban cities aim to use the treaty as inspiration to better their city into a more sustainable area. “Urban areas are at the center of converging global frameworks, not only the Paris Agreement on climate change but also the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015, and the New Urban Agenda, adopted last month in Quito, Ecuador, at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – or Habitat III.” Other cities like those in Morroco and Ecuador are finding natural ways to develop their urban cities. If this movement continues to expand, with hopes that the US takes part, the Paris Treaty can really move the world towards sustainability.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second left), UNFCCC”s Christiana Figueres (left), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and the president of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), and President François Hollande of France (right) celebrate the historic adoption of Paris Agreement. Photo: UNFCCC

Ten things you need to know about the Paris Treaty

 

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7 thoughts on “The Paris Agreement

  1. I like this idea because the environment does need help. This is a good a first step to make a change into environmental change.

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  2. I think the Paris Agreement is a good example of how the national government may not take action on something that will have a big impact on the future, but the State government and smaller organizations can take action.

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  3. I like the idea of accountability when it comes to sustainability and the environment. It’s such a shame that because of someone like trump that the U.S. won’t move forward with our end of the deal.

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  4. I like your blog post and I think it’s very important to keep people accountable for their effects on the environment. Temperature rising is a very serious problem that can have implications all around the globe.

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  5. Very interesting topic, I also wrote about this. I agree with the fact that this agreement can be effective and lead other countries to try and do the same thing, however there’s still that train of thought that doubts the decisions Trump will make. Its nice to see that other countries are taking an initiative but it’s also disappointing to not see the U.S. president be so convinced about our environment and well being.

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