Salaheddine Mezouar, Morocco’s minister for foreign affairs and cooperation, applauds during the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakesh, Morocco. On November 4, 2016, days before Mezouar began presiding over COP22, the Paris Agreement went into effect, bearing the signatures of nearly 200 countries.
The launch of the agreement—which aims to keep global warming well below 2°C—marked the start of the steep task of translating the agreement’s goals into realities. That task grew even steeper on June 1, 2017, when President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the US from the agreement. But other countries around the world have embraced the challenge. In the US and internationally, WWF is embracing it alongside them, collaborating with governments, businesses, and individual citizens to keep climate momentum going in the right direction.