189 nations submit INDCs to UNFCCC on climate action

"What was once consider unthinkable, now has become unstoppable. We must stay united," said UN Secretary General.

December 13, 2015 04:53 am | Updated November 17, 2021 01:04 am IST - Paris

An activist hold a poster during a demonstration near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Saturday, Dec.12, 2015 during the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. As organizers of the Paris climate talks presented what they hope is a final draft of the accord, protesters from environmental and human rights groups gather to call attention to populations threatened by rising seas and increasing droughts and floods. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

An activist hold a poster during a demonstration near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Saturday, Dec.12, 2015 during the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. As organizers of the Paris climate talks presented what they hope is a final draft of the accord, protesters from environmental and human rights groups gather to call attention to populations threatened by rising seas and increasing droughts and floods. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said on Saturday night at the CoP21 Plenary, that 189 parties had submitted their nationally determined contributions on climate actions, rising from 186 so far. Eight more were expected. The current level of ambition in the contributions by all countries was only the floor, not the ceiling, he said.

Every five years beginning 2018, the countries in the Paris Agreement would review what is needed by science to stop dangerous climate change. "What was once consider unthinkable, now has become unstoppable. We must stay united," the UN Secretary General said.

The Paris Agreement would be open for signature at the UN headquarters in New York from 22 April, 2016, and would enter into force on the thirtieth day after at least 55 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change accounting totally for an estimated 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

Palestine joins UN Convention

Palestine congratulated France and called the Agreement historic. It aligned itself with the G77 and China.

On behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas the delegation announced that it was submitting to the UN Secretary General its instrument of accession to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

It becomes the 196th state party, and the 197th party to the Convention. "The Palestinian people cannot be left behind. People under occupation cannot be left behind. We will act as a very responsible state," the delegation said.

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