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Ratification of the Paris Agreement 

Convening for the ratification and enactment of the Paris Agreement

CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE iCS AND ITS GRANTEES:

Led by the Centro Brasil no Clima (CBC) and by the Observatório do Clima (OC), social organizations developed the campaign #RatificaJá, with several communication actions to engage Brazilian society in the rapid enactment of the Paris Agreement. The campaign promoted events and meetings at the National Congress to pressurize for its ratification. In addition to the already mentioned organizations, which headed this campaign, other institutions that contributed directly included Engajamundo, the Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável, the Centro Clima and ClimaInfo. 

The personal involvement of the Minister of the Environment, Sarney Filho, and the support of the Frente Parlamentar were also important in this process.
Alfredo Sirkis at the ceremony of the #RatificaJá Campaign | Photo: Observatório do Clima
Organized civil society during the #RatificaJá Campaign | Photo: Observatório do Clima

CONTEXT

The ratification and enactment processes of international agreements in Brazil are traditionally long. The proceedings of the Paris Agreement took place in politically challenging conditions, during a period of significant instability, which included the impeachment of the then Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff.
Ratification of the Paris Agreement at the Planalto | Photo: Beto Barata

RESULTS

Brazil surprised by ratifying the Paris Agreement in only nine months. The entire process took eighteen months, from the signing by the countries in France, on December 12, 2015, to its enactment in Brazil, on June 5, 2017.

By giving the force of the law to this significant global commitment about climate change, the country signaled the importance of this agenda to the nation. The challenge is to make the topic a priority and for Brazil to assume a real commitment with its internal policies and with the increase in its level of climate ambition.

Learn here about some of the important results to which iCS and its grantees made a significant contribution in 2017.