For the purposes of determining entry into force, Article 21 of the Paris Agreement provides for the UNFCCC secretariat to publish a list of the most up-to-date emissions data provided by the contracting parties. For many parties, the percentage of programming in this table does not reflect their current programming. This is because developing countries have recently been required to report their national emissions on a regular basis. This will change under the Paris Agreement, as all countries are required to submit a regular national emissions inventory report. The Paris Agreement is the world`s first comprehensive climate agreement.  The entry into force conditions were met today when Austria, Bolivia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Nepal, Portugal and Slovakia, as well as the European Union, tabled their ratification instruments with the Secretary-General. The agreement provides that it will enter into force 30 days after the tabling of instruments for ratification, acceptance or accession by 55 countries representing 55% of global emissions. To date, 73 countries and the European Union have joined the agreement, exceeding the 55% emission threshold. New York, 5 October – The historic Paris agreement on combating climate change will enter into force on 4 November, as the United Nations announced today.
The Paris agreement will officially enter into force next month, with legally binding countries ratifying it to honour commitments made last year. Miguel Arias Caéete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said: “Our common task is to implement our commitments on the ground. And here, Europe is ahead of the curve. We have strategies and instruments to achieve our goals, manage the global energy transition and modernize our economy. The world is moving, and Europe is in the driver`s seat, confident and proud to lead the work to combat climate change. The CLIMA COP22 conference, to be held in Marrakech from 7 to 18 November 2016, is also the scene of the first meeting of the members of the umbrella organisation of the Paris Agreement, the CMA.