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Bonn, 1 April 2015 – With the Russian Federation's submission to the UN of its climate action plan, 32 developed countries covering nearly 80 per cent of the total emissions from industrialized nations have delivered their contributions to the Paris Agreement.

The emissions figure is based on the National Reports supplied to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by industrialized-country Parties to the Convention.

"The Russian Federation's timely and welcome submission has added an additional and important momentum to this global effort. Industrialized countries are expected to lead the world in reducing greenhouse gases. I encourage the remaining industrialized nations to come forward with their submissions as soon as they can," said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC.

According to UNFCCC data, the Russian Federation's contribution means that two thirds of industrialized countries covering nearly 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from the industrialized part of the world have now set out their ambition for the new agreement which nations will reach in Paris, in December and which will come into effect in 2020.

Coming well in advance of Paris, these early Intended Nationally Determined Contributions bode well for the final agreement Ms Figueres has noted.

All INDCs submitted by countries are available on the UNFCCC website here. A total of 35 parties to the UNFCCC have now formally submitted INDCs, including all countries under the European Union plus the European Commission, Mexico, Norway, Russian Federation, Switzerland and the United States. Mexico was the first developing country to submit its plan and today Gabon became the first African country.

In Paris, countries under the UN are scheduled to reach an agreement where every country contributes now and into the future, based on national circumstances, to prevent global warming rising above 2C degrees and to adapt societies to existing and future climate change.

Governments agreed to submit their INDCs in advance of Paris, ensuring that they were no less ambitious than previously announced plans. The UNFCCC  will prepare a synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the INDCs received, by 1 November 2015.

Climate science is clear that Paris needs to set the world on track to a three-part objective, if we are to meet the 2C degree goal: a global peaking of emissions in the next decade, a deep de-carbonization of the economy world-wide and climate neutrality in the second half of the century at the latest.

The INDCs being put forward this year will clearly not add up to the total long-term effort to reach climate neutrality and Ms. Figueres has made clear that this is why Paris should reflect a progressive alignment of the global economy, over decades, to match what climate science is saying.

This needs to be supported by an enabling financial and technological framework and subject to regular and rigorous reviews from 2020 onwards. In both respects, governments already have a significant set of achievements on which to build to reach success in Paris.

For more information, please contact:
Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Spokesperson:  +49 228 815 1400 (phone), +49 152 0168 4831 (mobile) nnuttall(at)unfccc.int

UNFCCC Press Office:  press(at)unfccc.int

About the UNFCCC
With 196 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. For the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. In Doha in 2012, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol adopted an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes the second commitment period under the Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

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