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It won’t have escaped your notice that on the 12 December 2015, in the Le Bourget Conference Centre on the outskirts of Paris, a historic climate deal, involving 196 countries, was secured at COP21. Fast forward 131 days and world leaders are descending on New York for the Paris Agreement signing ceremony. The high-level signature ceremony, and formal opening for signature, are being convened today, Mother Earth Day, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as the first stage in the process of implementing the Agreement which will remain open for signature in New York until the 17 April 2017. Today’s programme of events will kick off at 13:30 (UK time) when the UN Secretary-General opens proceedings. The signing ceremony will follow...Read more
As at previous COPs, the distribution of the final text, which had been through two weeks of negotiations, and the convening of the final plenary session was delayed…and delayed…BUT on the evening of the 12 December 2015, Laurent Fabius, the French Minister for Foreign Affairs and the COP21 President, brought down his gavel to announce the Paris Agreement had been adopted. This was a truly historic moment and although, two weeks on, we know the agreement isn’t perfect, it is significant that over 180 countries have made this commitment to fight climate change. So what does the Paris Agreement say? And why is it important for the UK CCS community? The agreement includes a target to ‘hold the increase in...Read more
The rest of my week at COP21 flew by in a blur of meetings, side events and trying to keep on top of things back at the office - and so this, my latest blog, is way overdue! On Thursday 3 December I spent some time exploring Hall 3 of the ‘blue zone’, or badged area of the conference, where country delegation offices and pavilions can be found. Things were very quiet around some of the offices, including the UK’s, which I’m sure was a sign of how hard these delegates were working in the negotiations. As Friday 4 December was Education Day at the conference, I decided to adopt this theme for myself for the day and attend more...Read more
This blog comes with a jargon warning but I hope you’ll still read on… As I signed off yesterday’s instalment, I mentioned that I would be spending time following up the negotiations and how they are progressing here in Paris. Well I managed to do a bit and caught-up on some work (which sadly doesn’t go away while I’m here) and so it was a late night meaning a lot of today has been spent drinking (and queuing for) coffee! As I mentioned in my first blog , this meeting in Paris is the 21st Conference of the Parties (abbreviated to COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). You may also have seen the term CMP11...Read more

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