The 21st UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties will be held in Paris from 30 November until 11 December and its aim is to agree the ‘first truly global’ agreement to combat potentially harmful effects of global-warming.
Over two weeks, around 130 national leaders (including Prime Minister David Cameron) will be in attendance, as well as representatives from civil society and business. British Energy Minister Amber Rudd will lead the UK delegation.
A DECC spokesman said: “The UK government is cautiously optimistic and is working hard with other countries to resolve outstanding issues – but it will be a challenging negotiation.
“Paris will not be the end of the road, or the last COP, but it will mark a major turning point as countries implement their commitments in 2016 and beyond.”
Over 160 countries, covering 90% of global emissions and representing over 90% of the global economy have come forward with their proposed national commitments to reduce emissions
The UK and EU (who lead on climate negotiations on behalf of EU member states) are pushing for:
- Ambitious mitigation commitments from all Parties (developed and developing), and a plan to implement them;
- A mechanism to review mitigation ambition every five years to bring Parties back to the table to further reduce emissions in line with a long term goal to keep the world moving towards the below 2°C goal;
- A robust, legally-binding rules framework to ensure transparency and accountability around climate action and to help track progress; and
- Climate finance to support the poorest and most vulnerable countries to take action to mitigate and adapt to climate change.