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Peru: Paris Accord on Climate Change Ratified

(Sept. 2, 2016) On July 21, 2016, Peru ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, adopted in Paris, France, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Ratifican el Acuerdo de París [Ratification of the Paris Agreement], EL PERUANO (July 25, 2016); Paris Agreement (Dec. 12, 2015), UNFCCC website.)

On July 25, 2016, Peru deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations.  As of July 25, there were 178 signatories to the Paris Agreement, 20 of which have also deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval; these countries contribute in total just 0.40% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. (Peru Deposits Instrument of Ratification of Paris Agreement, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website (July 26, 2016).)  The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after the date on which at least 55 countries become parties to the Convention.  (Id.)

According to the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the ratification of the Climate Change Agreement shows that Peru supports taking action on climate change and sustainable development while seeking to eradicate poverty. These are the goals set in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda  on Sustainable Development, which aims at ending poverty, hunger and inequality while addressing climate change and improving access to health and education.  (El Perú reafirma labor por el clima [Peru Reaffirms Climate Work], EL PERUANO (July 26, 2016); World Leaders Adopt Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Development Programme website (Sept. 25, 2015).)