The Paris Agreement was launched at the signing on April 22, 2016 (Earth Day) at a ceremony in New York.  After the agreement was ratified by several EU member states in October 2016, there were enough countries that had ratified the agreement to produce enough greenhouse gases in the world for the agreement to enter into force.  The agreement came into force on November 4, 2016.  Paragraphs 6.4 to 6.7 define a mechanism “that contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases and supports sustainable development.”  Although there is not yet a concrete name for the mechanism, many parties and observers have informally partnered around the name of the “sustainable development mechanism” or “SDM”.   The MDS is seen as the successor to the Clean Development Mechanism, a flexible mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol that would allow the parties to jointly monitor emissions reductions for their planned national contributions. The Sustainable Development Mechanism sets the framework for the future of the post-Kyoto sustainable development mechanism (2020). [must update] The Paris Agreement officially entered into force on 4 November 2016. Other countries remained parties to the agreement following their national approval procedures. To date, 195 contracting parties have signed the agreement and have ratified 189.
For more information on the Paris Agreement and ratification status, click here. The Paris Conference was the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as COP 21. The conference concluded a round of negotiations that began in 2011 in Durban, South Africa, with the aim of concluding a new legal agreement between national governments to strengthen the global response to climate change. 150 heads of state and government participated in the opening day of the conference. Despite Trump`s campaign promises, the White House is under intense pressure to stay in the Paris accord. Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, counselor and first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, adviser Jared Kushner, support staying in the agreement, but with some adjustments to the emissions target. Large groups such as oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. have also warned Trump that he will not relinquish the deal. In the run-up to the Paris meeting, the United Nations has instructed countries to present plans detailing how they intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These plans have been technically referred to as planned national contributions (INDC). As of December 10, 2015, 185 countries had introduced measures to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 or 2030. In 2014, the United States announced its intention to reduce its emissions by 26-28% from 2005 levels by 2025.
To achieve this goal, the country`s Clean Power Plan should set limits for existing and projected emissions from power plants. China, the country that emits the most greenhouse gases as a whole, has set a goal of reaching its carbon dioxide emissions “around 2030 and making the best efforts to reach an early peak.” The Chinese authorities have also sought to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 60-65% compared to 2005. On the other side of the debate are the head of the environmental protection agency, Scott Pruitt, a virulent anti-climate extremist, and chief strategist Steve Bannon, widely known for shaping the president`s nationalist views and fueling his distrust of international agreements. While the agreement has been welcomed by many, including French President Francois Hollande and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, criticism has also emerged. James Hansen, a former NASA scientist and climate change expert, expressed anger that most of the agreement is made up of “promises” or goals, not firm commitments.  He called the Paris talks a fraud with “nothing, only promises” and believes that only a generalized tax on CO2 emissions, which