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COP21 Climate Action

“Today’s agreement demonstrates without question that it is possible for us to come together in common cause to address the greatest challenges we face, preventing tragedy for the many millions of people vulnerable to the effects of climate change and securing the economic prosperity of the world in the 21st century.”

Paul Polman, CEO Unilever

 

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 was held in Paris, France from 30 November to 12 December 2015. It was the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the 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 conference negotiated the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on the reduction of climate change, the text of which represented a consensus of the representatives of the 196 parties attending it. The agreement will become legally binding if joined by at least 55 countries which together represent at least 55 percent of global greenhouse emissions.On 22 April 2016 (Earth Day), 174 countries signed the agreement in New York, and began adopting it within their own legal systems (through ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession).

 

On a Belgian level, The Shift brought together companies, NGOs and academics to take action against global warming. This unprecedented coalition urges the Belgian government to be as ambitious as possible in its climate policy, while the members continue reducing their own carbon footprint. Click the following link for more info about this coalition for climate action in Belgium.