The country is now one of 81 countries in the world that have ratified the climate change agreement by the 197 parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). On November 4, 2019, the United States informed the custodian of its withdrawal from the agreement, which will take effect exactly one year after that date.  In his speech in Marrakesh, Morocco, President Kenyatta, accompanied in particular by the cabinet secretary, the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Professor Judi Wakhungu, said that his cabinet had already approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement and that he was waiting for final ratification by Parliament. She added: “The speed with which countries have allowed the Paris Agreement to enter into force is unprecedented in the recent experience of international agreements and strongly confirms the importance that nations attach to the fight against climate change and the realization of the multiple possibilities offered by the Paris Agreement. Angola was the last country to ratify the climate agreement on 12 August 2020. Kyrgyzstan ratified on 18 February and Lebanon on 5 February. 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.