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First Long-Term Climate Strategies Submitted to UN Under Paris Agreement

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Fresh on the heels of the rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement on 4 November 2016, the first long-term strategies have been submitted by the United States and Mexico.

The United States has presented a pathway for emissions reductions of 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050. Mexico’s pathway is a 50% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2050 compared to the year 2000.

The Paris Agreement encourages all Parties to formulate and publish long-term low greenhouse gas emission strategies.

Further long-term climate change strategies are expected to be published by countries in the near future. This is further testimony to the continued global momentum for strengthened action on climate change.

Even before the historic climate change conference in Paris in 2015, during which the Paris Agreement was adopted, countries submitted national climate action plans (Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs), which detail what each country will contribute to the global response to climate change, in line with their national circumstances. The long-term climate strategies complement countries’ NDCs.

To view published long-term strategies, see here