In making a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish all or part of that comment, in any manner that CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not support the views expressed in the comments. Comments on this story are moderated in accordance with our mailing policies. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to comment at any time. Now that the United States has begun the withdrawal process, what does this mean for Canada and other states that are still part of the agreement? The Paris Agreement and its accompanying decisions recognize the essential role played by subnational governments, cities, civil society, the private sector and financial institutions in the fight against climate change and reaffirm the importance of cooperation with all levels of government. The agreement also mentions the need to respect, promote and take into account the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, human rights and gender equality in the fight against climate change. The agreement also contains a language that describes the need for a fair transition of labour to a low-carbon economy, the creation of decent jobs and quality jobs, education, public participation and public access to information. In 2018, the parties participated in a facilitation dialogue to review their joint efforts to advance the goal and support the preparation of new or updated national contributions. Similarly, Wright said he hoped the international community could recognize that climate change is an “urgent crisis,” with or without U.S.
participation in the Paris agreement. The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 197 parties at the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in Paris and agreed on 12 December 2015.   The agreement was signed at UN Headquarters in New York from 22 April 2016 to 21 April 2017 by states and regional economic integration organisations parties to the UNFCCC (convention).  The agreement stated that it would only enter into force if 55 countries that produce at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions (according to a list drawn up in 2015) ratify, accept, approve or adhere to the agreement.  On April 1, 2016, the United States and China, which together account for nearly 40% of global emissions, issued a joint statement confirming that the two countries would sign the Paris Climate Agreement.  175 contracting parties (174 states and the European Union) signed the agreement on the first day of its signing.   On the same day, more than 20 countries announced plans to join the accession as soon as possible in 2016. The ratification by the European Union has achieved a sufficient number of contracting parties to enter into force on 4 November 2016. The clean fuel standard was announced in 2016 as part of the government`s global climate plan to reduce emissions of fuels used in transportation, buildings and industry.