Press release

Seychelles honoured by UN Secretary-General for early ratification of Paris Agreement

September 22, 2016
Seychelles one of the early ratifiers of the Paris Agreement on climate change, honoured by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a special ceremony in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Hall in New York 21st September 2016.
Adopted in Paris by 195 countries last December, the agreement was signed by 175 of them at the United Nations in New York this past April in the largest, single-day signing ceremony in history.
The Paris Agreement requires at least 55 member states accounting at least 55% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions to ratify it before it can enter into force. The deadline is 2020.
At the time the High-level Event on the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement began in the UNGA Hall yesterday morning, only 29 countries totalling 40.1 per cent of global emissions had ratified the agreement.
Nearly two-thirds were small island developing states (SIDS), including Seychelles, which are least responsible for climate change but will suffer the most from it.
Representatives of the early ratifiers where called to the podium one by one to be personally thanked and congratulated by the UN Secretary-General. Seychelles was represented by Ronny Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues (photo).
These were followed by 31 new ratifiers so that by the end of the ceremony, the total had risen to 60 countries responsible for 47.78 per cent of global emissions.
“I am absolutely confident that the agreement will come into force before COP22 in Marrakech,” said Mr Ban, referring to the next UN climate change conference in Morocco this November.
He added that following consultations with countries yet to ratify the accord, he was confident the Paris Agreement would have entered into force by the time he finishes his term at the end of this year, four years ahead of the deadline.
He appealed to all countries which are yet to ratify the agreement to accelerate their domestic procedures to join the agreement this year.
“There is no time to waste,” he said.