COP 21: An Unmissable Opportunity in the fight against Climate Change
In December 2015, policy makers, business leader and civil society organisations gathered in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The Conference – the most important since the disappointing Copenhagen meeting that failed to improve upon the 1997 Kyoto Protocol – was a critical milestone as commitments must be defined for 2020 when the Kyoto Protocol will no longer be in effect.
It is widely hoped that this will be the conference at which a meaningful international agreement is reached and robust national targets are set to combat climate change and to boost the transition to a low-carbon economy. The stakes are high for COP 21 and urgency to reach a consensus has never been greater.
- What type of agreement is likely to come out of COP 21?
- Will the new approach be based on global cooperation and national accountability?
- Will it deliver strong legally binding, national targets for emissions reductions?
- Will COP 21 set a clear and credible goal of net-zero emissions well before the end of the century?
- Will the outcome be aligned with climate science and ensure that the goal of limiting temperature rises to below 2°C remains within reach?
- How can we ensure that the collaborative effort continues beyond COP 21?