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The 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) set a rapid deadline in 2018 to complete the rule book for operationalizing last year's historic Paris Agreement (COP21) to ensure confidence, cooperation and its success over the years and decades to come.

The COP22 held in Marrakech, Morocco on 07-18 November 2016 also served as the first session of the Parties to the COP21 agreement that pledged keep global temperature rise this century well below 2° Celsius.

According to the Marrakech Action Proclamation, State Parties to the UNFCCC affirmed their “commitment” to the “full implementation” of the Paris Agreement.

"This momentum is irreversible – it is being driven not only by governments, but by science, business and global action of all types at all levels,” adds the Proclamation. “Our task now is to rapidly build on that momentum, together, moving forward purposefully to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to foster adaptation efforts, thereby benefiting and supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, in time for COP22.  As of 18 November, 111 countries have ratified the Agreement.

To know more about the outcomes of COP22, including the Marrakech Action Proclamation, read the following links below: