COP21 United Nations climate talks

The 2015 Paris UN climate negotiations can promote ambitious climate action

UN Climate talks, COP 20

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Dec. 12 update: See EDF’s statement on the final text from Paris.

Dec. 15 update: Listen to our teleconference - The Paris Agreement and what it means for markets [mp3].

In December 2015, the United Nations climate change conference will take place in Paris, where negotiators aim to finalize a new international agreement on climate change.

Our international climate team has engaged in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks since the 1992 Rio summit, providing pathbreaking economic and legal analysis. EDF’s staff are experts in U.S. and international climate and energy policy; carbon markets and carbon market design; architecture of a climate agreement; legal issues in climate negotiations; framework for various approaches (FVA); and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).

The Paris conference, known also as COP 21, comes as a new paradigm is emerging on climate — one in which action is decentralized, driven primarily by national, and even state and provincial, governments rather than by negotiations at the UN.

But a UN agreement will play a vital role in promoting and coordinating ambitious climate action around the world.

The UN ensures rigor and transparency when it comes to measuring and reporting on global emissions and emissions reductions.

The UN also provides a platform for countries to make international commitments, as with the historic US-China announcement last November, and shines a spotlight on how effective countries are at meeting those commitments.

Our international climate team of experts in the U.N climate negotiations include:

  • Nat Keohane Nathaniel Keohane Vice President, Global Climate Areas of expertise: U.S. and international climate and energy policy, global carbon markets, methane emissions from oil and gas, economic impacts from climate change and economics of climate mitigation envelopeEmail Nat
  • Alex Hanafi Alex Hanafi Senior Manager, Multilateral Climate Strategy and Senior AttorneyAreas of expertise: Architecture of a climate agreement, legal issues in climate negotiations, carbon market design, framework for various approaches (FVA)envelopeContact Alex
  • Derek Walker Derek Walker Associate Vice President, Global Climate Areas of expertise: California climate and energy policy, global carbon markets, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) envelopeContact Derek
  • Steve Schwartzman Steve Schwartzman Senior Director, Tropical Forest PolicyAreas of expertise: Tropical forest policy, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), Brazil and the Amazon envelopeContact Steve
  • Richie Ahuja Richie Ahuja Regional Director, Asia Areas of expertise: India, international development, international climate finance, climate change adaptation envelopeContact Richie
  • Chris Meyer Chris Meyer Senior Manager, Amazon Forest Policy Areas of expertise: REDD+, forest communities, Amazon’s indigenous peoples envelopeContact Chris

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