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Work programme under the Paris Agreement


In preparation for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, an online platform, put in place pursuant to decision 1/CP.23, paragraph 3, can be accessed through the link below. The content of the platform reflects the latest status of the negotiations and it will be updated as new information becomes available.


Overview (online platform)
The progress tracker for the work programme resulting from the relevant requests contained in decision 1/CP.21 can be found below (version 19 January 2018_REV)

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Paris Agreement: essential elements

The Paris Agreement’s 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. There will be a global stocktake every 5 years to assess the collective progress towards achieving the purpose of the Agreement and to inform further individual actions by Parties.

Further information on key aspects of the Agreement can be found here.

Nationally determined contributions

The Paris Agreement requires all Parties to put forward their best efforts through “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs) and to strengthen these efforts in the years ahead. This includes requirements that all Parties report regularly on their emissions and on their implementation efforts.

Further information on NDCs can be found here


Status of ratification

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, thirty days after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 % of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary.

Information on the status of ratification can be found here:

Status of ratification
Status of ratification

175 Parties have ratified, of 197 Parties to the Convention
On 4 November 2016, the Paris Agreement entered into force.
More information on the status of ratification

Authentic texts of the Paris Agreement
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MS Word versions of the text of the Paris Agreement
Decision Adopting the Paris Agreement
Decision 1/CP.21 in all languages