COP21 United Nations climate talks
The 2015 Paris UN climate negotiations can promote ambitious climate action
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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:
Blog archive of past talks
- December 2014: Lima, Peru
- November 2013: Warsaw, Poland
- November 2012: Doha, Qatar
- December 2011: Durban, South Africa
- June 2011: Bonn, Germany
- December 2010: Cancún, Mexico
- December 2009: Copenhagen, Denmark
- November 2009: Barcelona, Spain
- September 2009: Bangkok, Thailand
- December 2008: Poznan, Poland
Remarks by EDF president Fred Krupp [PDF]