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Paris emerges Global Earth Hour Capital 2016 winner

Paris, France

Paris is this year’s Global Earth Hour Capital. WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge recognises the “City of Light” as a role model for climate action and awards Paris for its ambitious vision and successful engagement with business, civil society and other cities on its journey toward sustainability. Paris hosted last year’s historic global climate summit and has shown strong climate ...

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How Paris became possible, by UN climate chief


Christiana Figueres speaks at TED2016 – Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, Canada In 2009, six months after a spectacularly failed climate change summit in Copenhagen, Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres was appointed executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Her job: Leading the next round of international climate change negotiations. At that time, no one believed that we could ...

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Africa raises red flag on possible Paris outcome

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu,

Leading members of the African Group of Negotiators and civil society leaders at the ongoing Paris climate talks have expressed their dissatisfaction with the pace of the negotiations so far. At an event on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris under the theme “Paris Outcome and Africa’s Adaptation Need,” Prof Seth Osafo, Lead Negotiator with African Group ...

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Climate agreement must recognise survival rights of vulnerable persons, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Any meaningful and potential agreement on climate change in Paris must draw extensively on the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. President Buhari, who made the submission on Monday in Paris at the opening of the UN climate change summit, added that, for any agreement in Paris to be durable, it must ...

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ACT: Start to Paris talks sparks hope for ambitious agreement


World leaders gave a unanimous thumbs up to signal a positive start of the UN Climate talks on Monday in Paris, as they expressed commitment and faith in a multilateral process to combat the adverse impacts of climate change. In what looks like a change to the climate talks format, world leaders spoke first to launch the negotiations, with 11 ...

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Climate projections to light up Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

On Sunday, November 29, 2015, for the first time ever, artistic messages for climate solutions will be displayed across the Eiffel Tower. The series of hopeful images calling for forest protection and a 100% renewable energy future will be projected onto the facade of Paris’s most iconic landmark, with the goal of engaging citizens to help drive an ambitious global ...

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World takes to the streets ahead of Paris climate summit

Hoda Baraka

The weekend before the opening of the climate summit in Paris, hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets in over 2,000 events spread across 150 countries to demand that negotiating parties keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. “While 2015 is on track to be the hottest ...

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Activists may defy cancellation of Paris mobilisations

Juliette Rousseau

The Paris Prefecture of Police has announced that, due to the tragic events that took place on November 13, the Global Climate March planned for November 29, and the December 12 mobilisations planned will not be allowed to proceed in Paris. The Coalition Climat 21 has expressed regret that no alternative has been found to allow its mobilisation plans to ...

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Paris attacks: ‘Struggle for climate justice will not stop’


The Coalition Climat 21 and all the organisations that are part of it have expressed solidarity with the victims of the 12 November in Beirut and those of 13 November in Paris, as well as their families and loved ones. In a statement, the body declared: “The world we have always defended is not the one we saw on that ...

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Bonn: Ministers urged to drive ambition, fairness as Paris approaches


At the close of the last negotiating session in Bonn, Germany on Friday, October 23 before ministers, heads of state, and negotiators meet in Paris to finalise what should be a comprehensive, ambitious, and universal climate agreement, parties are leaving with a clearer idea of the outline of the deal. After a week of careful negotiating, there was concordance reached on some ...

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