COP20 looks to the future

The parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change said they were still "on track" for a new legally binding climate agreement to be negotiated in Paris in 2015, following the COP20 conference in Lima, Peru.

The conference ran over its scheduled time - taking until Sunday morning rather than Friday afternoon to reach a conclusion. However, in the final press briefing, the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said it had still been a positive outcome.  He added that there was still a lot of work to do before the meeting in Paris in December 2015.

The climate conference heard from a wide range of parties - and video recordings of plenary sessions and media briefings are available to view on demand from the UNFCCC website.

Alongside the climate conference, the US Department of State hosted a range of events in the US Center, including this presentation in which NASA's Piers Sellers gives an overview of the different satellites and observations used to provide data and information for the study of climate:

Several organisations also underlined the importance of communication and education in preparation for the climate talks in Paris in a year's time.