Lebanon Finally Joins Paris Agreement 0n Climate Change

The Agreement is an accord signed in 2016 within the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which tackles greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance.

The content was negotiated by representatives of 196 state parties at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Le Bourget, , and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015.

’s Permanent Mission to the , headed by H.E. Dr. Amal Mudallali,  announced on February 5th, 2020, that has officially become a party to the Agreement; according to The Daily Star.

In an official tweet, the Permanent Mission announced: “ formally becomes party to the Agreement and remains committed to strengthening the global response to address.”

As of November 2019, all UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 188 have become party to it, and the only significant emitters that are not parties are and .

Among other things, The Agreement aims to increase the ability of parties to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, and make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.”

Under the Agreement, each country must determine, plan, and regularly report on the contribution that it undertakes to mitigate global warming.

However, similar to other UN instruments, no mechanism “forces” a country to set a specific emissions target by a specific date.

Each target, however, must go beyond previously set targets. In June 2017, U.S. President controversially announced his intention to withdraw the from the agreement. 

H.E. Dr. Amal Mudallali has been serving as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of to the since January 2018.

Prior to her appointment, she was based in Washington DC, as the principal advisor on American Affairs to Prime Minister . She also followed issues, including the work of the Special Tribunal for .

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