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COP21 betrayed the poor, vulnerable – Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

COP21 has come and gone and, like most others before it, the response has been varied. Some have applauded the Paris Agreement as a giant step for humankind. Some are claiming a big win. Others take a holistic look at the future scenario the agreement presents and are aghast that after two decades of climate negotiations greenhouse gas emissions continue ...

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How Paris Agreement will impact the world, by delegates, groups

Amina Mohammed

History was made in Paris, France on Saturday (December12, 2015) when the Paris Climate Agreement was adopted around 19:27 hours local time. It is the first time in history that all countries will agree to participate in addressing climate change. “The Paris agreement is not perfect but it represents a major leap forward for developing countries,” says a South African delegate, amid ...

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History as Paris Agreement on climate change is actualised

Paris Agreement

195 nations set path to keep temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris on Saturday. The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, ...

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What countries agreed on in Paris

Greenpeace campaigners

Under Paris climate pact, countries agreed on several critical components of climate action, such as: Mitigation Objectives and Plans (Articles 2 and 4): The text includes a new stretch goal of keeping warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius to accompany the current hard limit of 2 degrees. Countries will pursue the mitigation plans laid out in their domestic climate commitments, which will go ...

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‘Historic turning point’ looms as world nears climate pact

Laurent Fabius

An attempt by nearly 200 countries of the world to strike the first climate deal in history that will commit them to cut emissions received a massive boost on Saturday in Paris at the UN Climate Change Conference, where organisers of the global summit released details of the proposed landmark agreement. France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, while presenting the final ...

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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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We need a legally binding agreement in Paris, African ministers insist


African Ministers for Environment (AMCEN) held a high-level meeting at the Africa Pavilion at the on-going climate change conference in Paris, France. The ministers from Africa’s 54 nations were briefed on the status of the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) and key points which they should focus on in the penultimate session of the discussions. Speaking to ...

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French envoy laments Nigeria’s inability to submit INDC


France has frowned at Nigeria’s inability to submit its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) ahead of the 1st October 2015 deadline. Stephane Gompertz, France’s Ambassador for Climate Change, who was in Abuja recently, wondered why Nigeria, a major stakeholder in the 2015 Paris climate talks, is yet to submit its climate action plan. The ambassador stated that every country is supposed ...

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