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By 12 September: Apply to attend 21 September Paris Climate Change Agreement Ratification Ceremony at UN Headquarters

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on 21 September 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York from 8:00-9:00am to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the agreement before the end of 2016. The agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the Secretary-General. It is expected that the September event will help efforts to secure early entry into force of the agreement. At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN-NGLS is leading a process for civil society to apply to attend this event as observers.

Civil society representatives that work on climate change mitigation or adaptation who are interested in attending this event may apply here:

Travel funding is not available from the UN for this event.   

DEADLINE: 12 September 2016

Private companies interested in attending this event, please apply via Global Compact. Instructions are available here:

More about this event is available here.

The event will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org and available for later viewing in the UN Web TV archive.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.


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