G20: World leaders call for “ambitious” climate change agreement
Ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (United Nations Conference on Climate Change – named COP21) which will be taking place from November 30 to December 11 2015, the G20 world leaders have called for an ‘ambitious’ agreement.
The G20 countries met on 15 and 16 November in southern Turkey and although discussions were overshadowed by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the Climate Conference was also discussed.
World leaders declared that:
“We recognise that 2015 is a critical year.”
Consisting of the world’s largest 20 economies, the G20 called for the conference to deliver:
“A fair, balanced, ambitious, durable and dynamic” agreement that would respect
“differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.”
The official statement cites the objective of limiting global warming to 2° C.
Of intense debate, France urged the inclusion of this, as expressed by foreign affairs minister and future COP21 chairman Laurent Fabius, representing the president of the Republic, François Hollande, who had stayed in France after the attacks in Paris:
“Otherwise it wasn’t good enough.”
On commenting on the outcome of the discussions, Laurent Fabius commented:
“What we have here is the political impetus. We will have to put flesh on the bones and make it more specific, but I believe it bodes well for Paris.”
From 30 Nov – 11 Dec 2015, COP21 will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.