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2015 Dec 13th

Joint Statement issued in response to COP21 agreement

The Club of Rome, Earth Charter International, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Global Marshall Plan Initiative, Green Cross International, Plant for the Planet, World Academy of Art & Science and World University Consortium have issued a joint statement commenting on the final document from COP21 in Paris. While the accord isn’t perfect, it is nevertheless a promising text that encourages nations to adopt more ambitious cuts in emissions as new technology becomes available.

The statement is as follows:
COP 21 has produced an accord reaffirming the world’s collective action on greenhouse gas emissions. It is not ideal – it can be and will be criticised for many shortcomings: it has still to prove to developing countries that the flows of finance, mostly from the private sector, would be sufficient for the assistance they need; and it must still demonstrate that the mechanisms for review, transparency, and accountability in meeting the emissions targets are sound.

However, the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) – on curbing the emissions beyond 2020, when current commitments, agreed at Copenhagen in 2009, run out – have been taken by almost all 195 nations that have participated in ParisClimat, thus converting the framework nature of the climate change agenda into a practical process. The results of COP 21 provide good chances to create the conditions for future success, create incentives for innovation, develop markets that could help to keep global warming below 2C above pre-industrial levels (pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C), and treat poor countries fairly.

The text of the COP21 agreement can be found here:

http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09.pdf

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