COP-21 in a nutshell

With 3 days ahead of COP-21, here’s a quick post to remind what it is all about.

The COP-21 is the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and will take place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

The main purpose of the meetings is to reach a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all parties, to keep global warming below 2°C.

The COP-21 follows a series of international conferences promoted by the United Nations and dedicated to the topic of Climate Change.

During these events, the international community reached agreements on policies towards climate change that are summarised here.

After the latest meeting, that was the Climate Change Conference in Peru in 2014, all States were invited to present their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

COP-21 will be a forum where States discuss the way ahead based on the submitted INDCs.

This year, a series of negotiations took place, where the State Parties to UNFCCC prepared the draft agreement that will be discussed and agreed upon at COP-21 in Paris.

COP-21 will be 10 days of meetings, negotiations, exhibitions and side events at Le Bourget, in Paris.

Some parts will be opened to the general public where civil society organisations and other stakeholders will present their activities and projects.

EUMETSAT’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Kenneth Holmlund, will give a presentation at the ECMWF-run Copernicus services side event in the “Blue Zone”.