UN touts list of countries ratifying Paris Climate Treaty today – No China or US

Posted: September 21, 2016 by tallbloke in Big Green, IPCC, Politics, propaganda

I’m seeing about 50% empty seats in-shot here…

The following States are expected to deposit their instruments of ratification, as of 20 September:


Antigua and Barbuda





Brunei Darussalam













Papua New Guinea




Sri Lanka





United Arab Emirates


I wonder what proportion of global man-made CO2 emissions this group of countries accounts for.

  1. Kevin Lohse says:

    Every one of the countries listed stands to gain from the redistribution of wealth inherent in the Paris Discords. Well I never, what a coincidence!

  2. tallbloke says:

    Text from link given above:

    In her maiden speech at the United Nations in New York, Theresa May said Britain will “play our part in the international effort against climate change”.

    “In a demonstration of our commitment to the agreement reached in Paris, the UK will start its domestic procedures to enable ratification of the Paris agreement and complete these before the end of the year,” she said.

    A UK official told reporters in New York the Prime Minister’s announcement was “absolutely a reflection of her commitment to delivering on that international agreement where the UK has been at the forefront of efforts”.

    Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary Greg Clark said: “The Government is determined to tackle climate change to help create a safer and more prosperous future for us all. That is why we are now starting the process of ratifying the landmark climate deal signed in Paris.”

    As part of the climate change agreement, countries agreed to cut emissions enough to keep the global average rise in temperatures below 2C.

    Earlier this month the US and China, responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, both formally joined the Paris global climate agreement.

    Greenpeace welcomed Mrs May’s announcement, but executive John Sauven added:. “This signal is a welcome moment of clarity amidst the all-pervading Brexit uncertainty, but it could have come with a much speedier timetable. Some of the world’s major economies have already ratified the Paris deal. So why is the UK government taking so long?”

    The Paris deal is the world’s first comprehensive climate deal. It will only come into force legally after it is validated by at least 55 countries, which between them produce 55% of global carbon emissions.

  3. oldbrew says:

    ‘It will only come into force legally after it is validated by at least 55 countries, which between them produce 55% of global carbon emissions.’

    Not in the US it won’t, at least according to Republicans. They say it has to be approved by the Senate.

    @ DB
    Look closely at your list, there’s a letter ‘A’ next to the date the US signed. That stands for ‘Acceptance’ – as opposed to Ratification [see column header]. In the US treaties have to go through the Senate, hence the term ‘Paris Agreement’ instead of ‘Paris Treaty’.

    It may seem like word play but the legalities matter. In a sense it’s about who has the last word.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Greg Clark said: “The Government is determined to tackle climate change to help create a safer and more prosperous future for us all.”

    Spending a fortune on wind turbines isn’t going to make anyone except the wind industry more prosperous, and everyone else poorer.

  5. tallbloke says:

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-one countries formally joined the Paris climate change pact Wednesday, bringing the total number of countries ratifying the treaty to 60 and raising hopes that it will enter into effect by the end of the year.

    The number is higher than the 55-country threshold needed for the treaty to enter into force. But because together those countries account for 48 percent of total global emissions — short of the 55 percent threshold — the agreement must wait for more nations to join.

    “Today we also heard commitments from many other countries to join the agreement this year. Their combined emissions will take us well past the required amount for the agreement to enter into force,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at an event on the sidelines of the high-level U.N. General Assembly gathering. “I am convinced that the Paris Agreement will enter into force before the end of 2016.”

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he is confident of reaching the magic number before the next U.N. climate conference, which starts Nov. 7 in Marrakech, Morocco. He urged people everywhere “to become warriors for the planet.”

    by TaboolaMore from AP
    Obama says nations vow to take in twice as many refugees
    Democrats fear their Senate takeover chances dimming
    The world’s two biggest emitters, the United States and China, have already ratified the deal, providing momentum for other countries to quickly ratify the accord.

    Brazil, Mexico and Argentina were the largest emitters to join the treaty Wednesday, but many of the countries that joined were small island nations, whose very existence is threatened by rising sea levels provoked by global warming, but whose individual emissions account for a mere fraction of a percent of total global emissions.

    The treaty’s ratification has taken place at what is considered a blistering pace for international diplomacy, reflecting a sense of urgency in the fight against global warming and a desire to seal the deal before Ban and U.S. President Barack Obama leave office.

    The European Union, which accounts for 12 percent of global emissions, is lagging behind other countries in joining the deal but is trying to speed things up.

    “We are trying to accelerate the ratification process,” EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete told The Associated Press.

    He said EU environment ministers will meet Friday to discuss a plan to ratify the agreement as a bloc, even though only a handful of the 28 member states have approved it domestically.

    If all agree and the plan is endorsed by the European Parliament, which is likely, the EU could ratify the deal by early October.

    David Waskow, International Climate Director at World Resources Institute, called Wednesday’s announcement “a major step forward.”

    “We’re seeing broad political support around the world for this agreement, other countries said they’re going to join in the coming several months so we really see the momentum from Paris not only continuing but actually growing,” Waskow said.

    After years of negotiations, governments agreed in Paris last December to curb the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists say are warming the planet.

    So far, 185 nations have signed the agreement which takes effect 30 days after 55 countries, representing 55 percent of global emissions, deposit their ratifications with the secretary-general.

  6. daveburton says:

    The USA cannot and will not ratify it. President Obama’s unilateral executive “ratification” is blatantly unconstitutional. Under the U.S. Constitution only the U.S. Senate can ratify treaties, and only with a two-thirds majority vote.

  7. oldbrew says:

    The US has ‘accepted’ it according to DB’s list (see comment above). Ratification is another category.

  8. Streetcred says:

    LOL, that looks like the list that will affix their snouts in the trough! No Donors?