COP 21

21th session of the Conference of the Parties

UNFCCC / COP 21
30 November - 11 December 2015, Paris, France

Texts

15 December 2015

Paris Agreement adopted after last minute ‘technical corrections’

Briefing paper 1 May 2016

1. Introduction

Updates

Update 9: G77 frustrated at refusal of developed countries to negotiate key issues
Paris, 4 December 2015 (Chee Yoke Ling, Meena Raman)

The Group of 77 and China are deeply frustrated over the refusal of some developed countries to engage in negotiations of the Paris agreement on the issues of importance for developing countries. They also complained that negotiations on several key issues were being conducted in bad faith.

Update 8: Adaptation Fund ‘in danger’; Kyoto Protocol in bleak state
Paris, 4 December 2015 (Marjorie Williams)

While attention at the ongoing climate talks is focused on a “new Paris agreement”, the state of the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its implemention entities is bleak.

Update 7: Developing country negotiators set out their views on Paris agreement
Paris, 3 December 2015 (T. Ajit)

Developing countries outlined their expectations of the Paris agreement at a side event organized by South Centre and Third World Network on 30 November during the ongoing twenty-first session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Par

Update 6: ADP: Party-driven process must be ensured, say developing countries
Paris, 3 December 2015 (Chee Yoke Ling, Hilary Chiew)

The Group of 77 and China made a detailed proposal on moving forward the negotiations for the Paris agreement at a stocktake session of the Contact Group of the Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on Wednesday evening (2 December).

Update 5: ADP: Delegates under pressure as negotiations reach frenzy mode
Paris, 2 December 2015 (Meena Raman, T. Ajit)

Negotiations to reach a deal on the Paris agreement is in a frenzy mode, as delegates are under intense pressure to conclude their work by the evening of Thursday, 3 December, to arrive at a revised version of the draft negotiating text, which is to be considered by Parties on Friday, 4 December.

Update 4: Hollande calls for “universal, differentiated and binding” agreement, highlights historical responsibility.
Paris, 2 December 2015 (Hilary Chiew)

French President Francoise Hollande said the agreement from the Paris climate talks can be universal, differentiated and binding where developed countries must assume their historical responsibility as they are the ones that for years had emitted the most greenhouse gases, while emerging economie

Update 3: No surprises in Paris, assures COP 21 French Presidency
Paris, 30 November 2015 (TWN)

Incoming French President of the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Laurent Fabius, assured Parties that the process of reaching an agreement in Paris would be transparent and any text would be a result of

Update 28: Huge fight to ensure ‘contributions’ under Paris Agreement are not mitigation-centric
Paris, 4 January 2016 (T. Ajit)

A proposal by the Like-Minded Developing countries (LMDC), aimed at ensuring that nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement are comprehensive and not mitigation-centric, was a hard fought battle that eventually succeeded in being reflected in the Paris Agreement.

Update 27: Other key COP21 decisions, some issues deferred to COP22
Kuala Lumpur, 29 December 2015

Kuala Lumpur, 29 December (Hilary Chiew) – In the shadow of the Paris Agreement, several decisions of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were adopted in two plenary sessions.

Update 26: Key COP21 decisions on finance-related issues
Kuala Lumpur, 29 December 2015

Kuala Lumpur, 29 December (Hilary Chiew) – Several finance-related decisions were adopted by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Update 24: COP21 decision on enhanced action prior to 2020
New Delhi, 28 December 2015

New Delhi, 28 December (Indrajit Bose) — Besides the Paris Agreement, Parties to the UNFCCC’s 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP21) also adopted a decision on enhanced action prior to 2020.

Update 23: Differentiation under the Paris Agreement – a tough fight
Penang, 28 December 2015

28 December, Penang (T Ajit) — The issue of differentiation between developed and developing countries remained a key sticking point until the final hours of the climate talks on the UNFCCC’s Paris Agreement. 

Update 22: What countries agreed to under the Paris Agreement – Part 4
Penang, 22 December 2015 (Meena Raman)

In Part 4 of this article on what countries agreed to under the UNFCCC’s Paris Agreement, focus is on highlights in relation to transparency of action and support, global stocktake and facilitating implementation and compliance.

Update 21: What countries agreed to under the Paris Agreement – Part 3
Penang, 22 December 2015 (Meena Raman)

Penang, 22 Dec.(Meena Raman) - In Part 3 of this article on what countries agreed to under the UNFCCC’s Paris Agreement, focus is on highlights in relation to the aspects of finance, technology transfer, and capacity-building.

Update 20: What countries agreed to under the Paris Agreement – Part 2
Penang, 22 December 2015

Penang, 22 Dec (Meena Raman) - In Part 2 of this article on what countries agreed to under the UNFCCC’s Paris Agreement, focus is on some highlights in relation to  adaptation and loss and damage.

Update 2: The rocky road from Durban to Paris
Paris, 30 November 2015 (TWN)

Around 7 am on a Sunday, 11 December 2011, the seventeenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) concluded in Durban, South Africa, with the establishment of a new subsidiary body to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Update 19: Debate behind closed doors on the temperature goal in Paris Agreement
Penang, 22 December 2015

 

Debate behind closed doors on the temperature goal in Paris Agreement

Update 18: What countries agreed to under the Paris Agreement (Part 1)
Penang, 18 December 2015

Penang, 18 December (Meena Raman) – The adoption of the Paris Agreement, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been heralded by many countries as a historic moment and a critical point in the global effort against climate change.

Update 17: Paris Agreement adopted after last minute ‘technical corrections’
Paris, 15 December 2015 (Meena Raman, Hilary Chiew)

The Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was finally adopted evening of Saturday, 12 December, after four years since the launch of the process to develop the legal instrument under the Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Ac

Update 16: Second version of Paris Outcome text issued – but a deal is still far away
Paris, 11 December 2015 (Hilary Chiew, Meena Raman)

The second version of the draft Paris Outcome was presented to Parties at the end of a brief meeting of the Paris Committee under the UNFCCC on evening Thursday, 10 December, by COP21 President, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Update 15: New revised text for Paris outcome to be issued
Paris, 11 December 2015 (Meena Raman, Hilary Chiew)

A new revised text on the Paris agreement will be released for the consideration of Parties sometime late afternoon of Thursday, 10 December.

Update 14: New text for Paris outcome to be released
Paris, 9 December 2015 (Hilary Chiew, Meena Raman)

With just less than three days left to conclude the Paris agreement under the UNFCCC, a new version of the outcome document will be issued by 1pm today, 9 December.

Update 13: Call for Party-driven, text-based negotiations for Paris agreement
Paris, 8 December 2015 (T. Ajit)

Many developing countries called for Party-driven, text-based negotiations in an open setting during the first meeting of the ‘Paris Committee’ held on Monday, 7 December.

Update 12: COP21: Great start, but how will it end?
Paris, 7 December 2015 (Martin Khor)

-- As the climate conference in Paris enters its second and final week, can it reach an agreement when so many tough issues remain to be solved? --

Update 11: Smooth transmission of text for agreement - but far from consensus
Paris, 7 December 2015 (Hilary Chiew, Meena Raman)

Negotiations of the Paris agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has moved to a process under the Presidency of the Conference of Parties.

Update 10: Differentiation between developed and developing countries still relevant, say developing countries
Paris, 4 December 2015 (T. Ajit)

The world has not changed since 1992 and differentiation between developed and developing countries continues to be relevant through common but differentiated responsibilities, the bedrock of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Update 1: Key issues at COP 21 on the Paris Agreement
Paris, 30 November 2015 (Meena Raman)

The Paris agreement is expected to be the most important outcome of the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, to be held from November 30 to December 11.

Resources

7 December 2015

Seven policy briefings

30 October 2015

This is a collection of 10 News Updates prepared by the Third World Network for and during the recent United Nations Climate Change Talks - the eleventh part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Grop on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-11) - in Bonn, Germany from 19 to 23 Oct

TWN Info Service Climate Change Nov15/08, 13 November 2015

After a two day-meeting in Bangkok, at the end of October, the statistical experts of the United Nations agencies and 28 countries have come with a controversial list of 159 “generally agreed” indicators to measure the Sustainable Development Goals approved last September by the UN General Assemb

TWN Info Service Climate Change Dec15/01, 7 December 2015

As the climate conference in Paris enters its second and final week, can it reach an agreement when so many tough issues remain to be solved?

30 September 2015

This is a collection of eight News Updates prepared by the Third World Network for and during the recent United Nations Climate Change Talks - the tenth part of the second af the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-10) in Bonn, Germany from 31 August to 4 Septem