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Global 21 fourth quarter 2015

Global Insight Climate COP21: combating global warming International leaders will be meeting in Paris in November and December to agree a roadmap to limit global warming to less than 2°C, building on the Convention on Climate Change agreed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 Sara Mullarkey In November, France will be hosting the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), otherwise known as Paris 2015 or COP21. The conference, which will run from 30 November to 11 December, will look to draw up a new international agreement on climate change with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. The UNFCCC was adopted at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992. The Convention came into force on 21 March 1994 and was ratified by 196 states, now referred to as the ‘parties’ to the Convention. The key passages of the document acknowledge the existence of human-induced climate change and put the main emphasis on industrialised countries to stop it. COP is the Convention’s supreme decision-making body. It meets annually to make decisions on goals for combating climate change. The COP held in Paris this year will be the 21st, hence the moniker COP21. The event is expected to have close to 50,000 participants, including 25,000 official delegates from governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society groups. Lord Nicholas Stern is chair of the Grantham Research Institute © Denis Burdin / Shutterstock.com 12 l www.global -br ief ing.org four th quar ter 2015 global 12 l www.global -br ief ing.org f i rst quar ter 2015 global


Global 21 fourth quarter 2015
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