Paris Agreement Enters into Force

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On November 4, 2016, the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change enters into force. The Paris Agreement comes into force in record time of under a year — a reflection of renewed commitment around the world to curb the harmful effects of global temperature rise. As additional countries continue to ratify the agreement, this month at Marrakech, Morocco countries will gather to convene the first session of Conference of Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1) along the sidelines of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UNFCC (COP22). At this meeting, Countries will discuss the implementation of Nationally Determined Contribution and rules and procedural mechanisms in the Agreement.

In achieving goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, Asia-Pacific countries will play a critical role. The region is home to six of the top ten emitters of CO₂ (China, the United States, India, Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia), and over the past four decades emissions have grown by 330%. The Asia-Pacific also accounts for more than 40% of global energy demand, and under business-as-usual scenarios anticipated demand growth would add new emissions.

To understand what is at stake of the Asia-Pacific at the upcoming climate discussions at Marrakech, revisit the Summit Secretariat’s Fact Sheet on:

Additional Resources

Trade in Clean Energy: Bridging the Governance Gap
Commentary by Christopher Dent and Clare Richardson-Barlow, University of Leeds

Coal, Gas, or Nuclear: Asia’s Inconvenient Energy Choice
Mark Thurber, Stanford University

The Impact of Low Oil Prices on Natural Gas and the Implications for the Asia-Pacific
Xunpeng Shi, Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore

The Role of Transportation in the Future of Urban Developing Asia: A Case Study of India
Srikanth Shastry and Madhav Pai, World Resources Institute

Rising to the Challenge of Energy Security: How the United States, India, and China Can Lead the Way
Commentary by Tom Culter, Culter International LLC with Clara Gillispie, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Climate Policy in the Asia-Pacific: Balancing Economic Growth with Environmental Sustainability
Commentary by Andy Nguyen, The National Bureau of Asian Research

What Would New Breakthroughs on Climate Change Mean for the U.S.-China Relationship?
Commentary by Joanna Lewis, Georgetown University

Asian Energy Outlooks in 2016 and Beyond (mp3)
Roundtable with Samuel Tumiwa, Asian Development Bank; Li Bin, Embassy of China; Pankaj Bhatia, World Resources Institute; Takashi Kume, Japan External Trade Organization; Clara Gillispie and Roy Kamphausen, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Voices from the 2015 Pacific Energy Summit: Health and Environment (mp3)
Media Roundtable with U Thein Lwin,Myanmar Commission for the Assessment for Legal Affairs and Special Issues; Yongping Zhai, Asian Development Bank; and Mark Thurber, Stanford University