Belgium ratifies Paris Agreement


Belgium has deposited instrument of ratification of the historic Paris Agreement adopted by more than 190 countries in Paris, France in December 2015.

The Agreement that aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change has been signed by 195 countries while 142 countries have ratified it including Belgium as at April 7, 2017.

Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, tweeted at @PEspinosaC “Thanks Belgium for depositing Instrument of ratification of Paris Agreement with United Nations. 142nd Party.”

The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and – for the first time – brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.

The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to 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 the ability of countries to deal with 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.