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WHAT IS THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

The UNFCCC is an international treaty that sets out an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenges posed by climate change.  The Convention’s ultimate objective is to stabilize atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases at a level that would prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

The Convention, which entered into force on March 21, 1994, has near universal membership, with 195 ratifying Parties (194 countries and one regional organization, the European Union).

Under the Convention, governments:

  • Gather and share information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies and best practices;
  • Launch national strategies for addressing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to expected impacts, including the provision of financial and technological support to developing countries ; and
  • Cooperate in adapting to the negative impacts of climate change.

For more information, visit the UNFCCC website.

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