If you’ve watched the episode about Ta’Kaiya Blaney you will know doubt have heard her in Paris at COY11 (Conference of Youth), which took place days before COP21 last year.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place between November 30 and December 12, 2015 was the 21st yearly session of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 11th session of the meeting of the parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

The aim of COP21 was to negotiate a global agreement on the reduction of climate change known as the Paris Agreement. On December 12, 2015 the 195 attending parties agreed to the final global pact (the Paris Agreement) to reduce emissions as part of the method for reducing greenhouse gas. In the final 12-page document, members agreed to reduce carbon output “as soon as possible”. Laurent Fabius, President of COP21, called it a “historic turning point”, Al Gore stated, “No agreement is perfect, and this one must be strengthened over time, but groups across every sector of society will now begin to reduce dangerous carbon pollution through the framework of this agreement”.

For the Paris Agreement to become legally binding it has to be signed by at least 55 countries who together represent at least 55% of global greenhouse emissions, in New York between April 22, 2016 and April 22, 2017, and then adapt it into their own legal systems.

The expected outcome of COP21 was to set a goal limiting global warming to less than 2˚C compared to pre-industrial levels, in the adopted version of the Paris Agreement parties have agreed to “pursue efforts” to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚C.
Feb 8, 2016
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