The Paris Agreement pledges are nearing the critical threshold of 55 countries accounting for at least 55% of global emissions.
An analysis compiled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Climate Analytics shows that around 58 countries that collectively represent nearly 54% of global emissions have now ratified or pledged to work towards the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016.
Significantly, the United States and China are both expected to ratify in the upcoming weeks.
If nations that represent 1% of global emissions which are not currently included in these 58 nations manage to ratify in this timeframe the balance would be tipped to bring the Agreement into force.
The president of the Marshall Islands, Dr. Hilda Heine, said: “What we agreed in Paris at the end of last year will likely now have the force of the law by the end of this year. This is a big recognition of the urgency with which we must now get on with the job.”
The Paris Agreement will enter-into-force 30 days after the instruments of ratification crossing the requisite thresholds have been deposited. Parties are then unable to withdraw from the accord for another four years.
— Climate Home (@ClimateHome) August 8, 2016
A full press release from the Marshall Islands can be found here.
A Paris Agreement tracker listing the countries can be found here.