The Paris Agreement strengthens the global climate effort by requiring all countries to set climate goals and by establishing new mechanisms to hold countries accountable and to build ambition over time.
The agreement was reached in December 2015 and entered into force 11 months later. In June 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the agreement.
A Paris Primer
C2ES answers questions on the talks leading to the Paris climate accord, how the agreement works, key legal issues, the agreement’s status, and next steps.
Summary of the Paris Agreement
A closer look at the core elements, including commitments on emissions, adaptation, finance and transparency, and steps to promote carbon trading.
C2ES Statement on Paris
U.S. leadership and a groundswell of support from mayors, governors and CEOs helped deliver the landmark agreement.
C2ES Statement on U.S. Withdrawal
The decision to withdraw ignores the many U.S. business leaders – and the strong majority of Americans – who want the United States to stay in the Paris Agreement.
Business Support for Paris
Leading U.S. companies organized by C2ES signed a letter to President Trump and full-page ads in major newspapers urging him to keep the United States in the agreement.
Toward 2015 Dialogue
C2ES brought together top negotiators from two dozen countries for a series of in-depth discussions that forged common ground on key issues for Paris.