The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Sam Kutesa has, today 15th September 2016, signed Uganda's instrument of ratification, of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The Paris Agreement was opened for signature on 22 April 2016 at a high-level signature ceremony. At this ceremony, 174 states and the European Union signed, 15 states also deposited their instruments of ratification. The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda represented Uganda at the signing ceremony. According to the UNFCC website, there were 180 signatories as of 7th September 2016 to the Agreement. Of these, 27 States have deposited their instruments of ratification, accepting or approval accounting for 39.08% of the total Global Green House Gas Emissions.
The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the UN Secretary General.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has invited world leaders to attend a Special Event on 21st September 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to deposit their Instruments of Ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement. The event will also provide an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the Agreement before the end 2016.
Uganda's instrument will be deposited at this ceremony.