The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC) takes place from 7th to 18th November 2016 in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco. During COP 22, parties will begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement now the threshold for entry into force has been achieved. The Paris Agreement has cleared the final hurdle of two thresholds; 55 countries ratifying the agreement incorporating of over 55% of global emissions.

The COP21 Agreement will now enter into force on 4th November 2016. The historic climate agreement adopted last December brings all countries together under a common global framework to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change impacts. The number of countries ratifying the Paris agreement, the funding commitments both from the public and private sectors and the launch of several projects related to the fight against the effects of climate changes are testament to the dedication of all participating nations to deliver change. COP22 will carry forward the momentum triggered by the Paris agreement to fight the effects of climate change.

With funding being made available from the European Union and countries including Canada in support of the logistical organization and side events of COP22, the Moroccan presidency of the Conference of Parties needs to demonstrate its strength in carrying forward the motion, utilising its expertise and leadership in the field to continue the progress made in Paris in the fight against climate change.

It has been widely publicised that the UK has yet to ratify the agreement. Whilst the Prime Minister has announced that ratification will be forthcoming before the end of the year, it is anticipated that the Government will come under pressure at the conference to make the commitment to demonstrate its unity to the UN Framework in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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