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Paris Agreement: New era for climate diplomacy

Roger-Mark De Souza

Approved by over 190 countries, the Paris Agreement is a universal, legal agreement that will be opened for signatures in April 2016 and come into force in January 2020 The groundbreaking agreement reached at the 2015 Paris climate change conference is a diplomatic triumph. Laurent Fabius, foreign minister of France and president of the meeting formally known as the 21st session of the ...

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Infographic: Analytics of second draft Paris outcome


On Thursday, the second draft text of the climate agreement at the ongoing global summit (COP21) was released, signalling some level of progress in the negotiation process. The latest text has 48 brackets left: 32 in the Agreement, 16 in the Decision. Also there are 13 options remaining: 11 in the Agreement, 2 in the Decision. Though brackets mean undecided, text outside of brackets or options is not necessarily ...

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Cautious optimism greets new draft climate agreement

Paris-Le Bourget

A new streamlined draft agreement for a comprehensive climate deal was on Wednesday (December 9, 2015) afternoon released in Paris, with the French presidency urging for the finalisation of the deal on Thursday. The newest version of draft Paris Agreement appears to show progress from 1,609 open brackets and 228 Options in the pre-COP November 10th draft text to currently ...

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Photos: Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed, at COP21

Amina 2

Nigeria’s new Environment Minister, Mrs Amina Mohammed, is leading the country’s delegation at the ongoing 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, France. A former Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mrs Mohammed appears to be doing a pretty good job ...

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$100m scheme to foster clean energy investment in developing nations

Helen Clark

A new multi-million-dollar initiative to promote clean energy investment in developing countries was on Monday (December 7, 2015) announced at the COP21 climate talks in Paris, France. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will provide $2 million in initial funding to help kick-start the formation of the “Climate Aggregation Platform” (CAP) in 2016.  The CAP is expected to leverage over $100 ...

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US, EU seek a weakened Loss and Damage in Paris agreement

US President Barack Obama

Ask vulnerable countries to explicitly give up the right to raise issues of compensation and liability in future The US, EU and some other developed countries have demanded that poor and vulnerable countries commit at Paris that they shall never ask for compensation or hold rich nations liable for the inevitable loss and damage in coming years. Business Standard accessed ...

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Fresh initiatives to restore degraded African land emerge

Dr. Vincent Biruta

Two ambitious initiatives to restore 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in Africa by 2030 were on Sunday (December 6, 2015) launched at the Global Landscape Forum, an event organised alongside the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris. The Forum created a platform for positioning landscapes in the new international agreements on climate and sustainable development. The African Forest Landscape ...

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COP21 will produce a universal agreement, says Ban Ki-moon


UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has expressed optimism that the ongoing climate change summit in Paris will produce a universal and binding agreement. He made the disclosure on Sunday (December 6, 2015) while speaking to media executives during a visit to the research vessel, Tara. According to him, there was a strong commitment demonstrated by the over 150 world leaders, including ...

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Pope Francis prays for climate summit, charges delegates

Pope Francis

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis on Sunday (December 6, 2015) morning prayed for the success of the ongoing UN climate summit in Paris (COP21). Speaking to crowds in St Peter’s Square, he said he is following the talks closely. He added he was reminded of a question he asked in his recent encyclical, this morning saying: “What kind of ...

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Paris pledges €1 million to Green Climate Fund

Anne Hidalgo

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on Thursday announced a pledge of EUR 1 million ($1.05 million) to the Green Climate Fund. The pledge was announced during a meeting between Mayor Hidalgo and Héla Cheikhrouhou, the Fund’s Executive Director, at the Paris Hôtel de Ville (City Hall). Paris is currently hosting the UNFCCC climate conference (COP 21). Over 40 countries have pledged ...

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