The Paris Agreement was finalised and agreed in December 2015. To enter into force (i.e. agreement starts to operate), the agreement requires a minimum of 55 countries representing at least 55% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions must ratify the Paris Agreement.
In 2016, Seychelles signed the landmark Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in signing the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change. In the same year, in April, Seychelles also ratified the Paris Agreement through its adoption in the National Assembly.
On November 4, 2016, ahead of expectations, the Paris Agreement entered into force, making it legally binding on all Parties who had signed up to it.
According to article 4 of the Paris Agreement, the Government of Seychelles is mandated to submit a revised and more ambitious, nationally determined contributions.
Article 4 (9) of the Paris Agreement –
Each Party shall communicate a nationally determined contribution every five years in accordance with decision 1/CP21 and any relevant decisions of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to this Agreement and be informed by the outcomes of the global stocktake referred to in Article 14.
Article 4 (3) of the Paris Agreement –
Each Party’s successive nationally determined contribution will represent a progression beyond the Party’s then current nationally determined contribution and reflect its highest possible ambition, reflecting its common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances.