Over 160 countries expected to sign the Paris Agreement [fr]
Over 160 countries will be represented at United Nations Headquarters to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April 2016.
Some 60 Heads of State and Government, including President of the French Republic François Hollande, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US Secretary of State John Kerry, will be in New York.
View the provisional list of signatory countries here.
- 08:30 to 09:30: Opening Ceremony in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York. The ceremony will be co-chaired by the UN Secretary-General, President of the French Republic François Hollande and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
- 09:30 to 18:00: Signatures and National Statements. Start of signatures by the Heads of State and Government who addressed the opening ceremony. The other representatives of the 196 parties to the Climate Change Agreement will then be invited to follow suit, in order of precedence, before joining a chamber where they will make their national statements.
- 13:15 to 14:45: “Business and Civil Society” Luncheon. This luncheon is being held by the UN Global Compact at the request of the UN Secretary-General. It will discuss efforts to boost the contribution of the private sector, especially the financial sector, to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. The luncheon will be attended by some 300 people – delegation heads, UN agency heads and representatives of public and private finance, business and NGOs. It will be introduced by addresses from the UN Secretary-General, President of the French Republic François Hollande, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. These will be followed by brief remarks and perspectives from business and civil society representatives. President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft will give the closing address.
- 15:00 to 18:00: High-Level Event on Climate Implementation. This event co-chaired by COP President Ségolène Royal and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will demonstrate that action on the ground is continuing and scaling up, that all the economic, social and political forces are on the move, and that the economic and societal transformation is definitely irreversible. Following introductory remarks by the UN Secretary-General, President of the UN General Assembly, COP President and IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, guest speakers will address three sessions on the following subjects: virtuous circles of ambition, access to sustainable energy (especially in Africa), and resilience focusing on water management and coastal protection matters.
- 18:00 to 18:30: Closure of the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, COP President Ségolène Royal and future COP22 President Salaheddine Mezouar.
Find out more about COP President Ségolène Royal’s schedule in New York here.
Source: COP21 website.