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Over 30 States ratified the Paris Agreement during a high-level event organised by the United Nations Secretary-General at the UN headquarters in New York on 21 September.

According to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, 60 States have now ratified the Paris Agreement. “Now, this means we will cross the final bar­rier for entry into force of the Paris Agreement,” Mr Ban stressed. This situation makes the Agreement’s entry into force possible before the end of this year. In total, 47.62% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are accounted for, of the 55% that need to be reached.

Following the official rati­fi­cation announcement from China and the United States of America at the beginning of September, a total of 30 other countries followed suit ahead of 21 September, representing over 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The high-level event organised on the initiative of Ban Ki moon gave other countries the opportunity to publicly commit to joining the Paris Agreement before the end of 2016.