The news that the Paris Agreement will come into force on November 4th (11 months) is great news. The original UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was signed on the 4th of June and came into force on the 21st of March 1994 - twenty one months later. The Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC was signed on the 11th of December 1997 but did come into force until the 18th of February 2005 - over eight years later.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.
“This is a momentous occasion,” Secretary-General said after the deal was ratified by 72 countries accounting for more than 56 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Global momentum for the Paris Agreement to enter into force in 2016 has been remarkable. What once seemed unthinkable is now unstoppable. Strong international support for the Paris Agreement entering into force is a testament to the urgency for action, and reflects the consensus of governments that robust global cooperation, grounded in national action, is essential to meet the climate challenge,”
The Secretary General will leave office with two huge parts of his agenda now engaged in implementation the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Agreement. Its a shame that the Quito Habitat 3 conference will not add to that success. It does very little to advance either of the other agendas and will be seen be many as a huge lost opportunity to accelerate change in our communities.