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Deposit of the Instrument of Acceptance of the Paris Agreement

November 8, 2016

1. On November 8 (same day local time), Japan deposited the instrument of acceptance of the “Paris Agreement” with the Secretary-General of the United Nations at the UN Headquarters in New York.

2. Paris Agreement is the fair and effective international framework to which all Parties join for the first time to address the issue of climate change. With the goal of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, this Agreement establishes the framework related to mitigation, adaptation, support and transparency, as well as the mechanism for assessing the progress of its implementation worldwide.

3. Japan has advocated the need for such a framework for climate change measures that all countries participate in for many years, and Japan proactively participated in the formulation of this Agreement. Japan continues to contribute to negotiations on modalities, procedures and guidelines for effectively implementing this Agreement, and work towards for steady greenhouse gas reduction nationally in Japan.

(Reference) Paris Agreement (PDF)Open a New Window
(1) This Agreement was adopted at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) on December 12, 2015. Japan signed the Agreement on April 22, 2016, the day the Agreement opened for signature. Cabinet approval for concluding the Agreement was obtained on November 8 of the same year.

(2) This Agreement entered into force on November 4. As of November 7, 2016, 101 countries and the European Union (EU) had concluded the Agreement and 192 countries and the EU had signed it.

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