United Nations climate talks
Breakthrough deal in Paris marks new, more ambitious chapter for climate action
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In December 2015, representatives of 195 countries came together in Paris and approved a plan to drive down global emissions and avoid the most disruptive consequences of climate change.
The Paris Agreement provides a framework to ratchet up ambition over time: a transparent system for reporting and review, regular assessments of progress, and strengthening of commitments every five years beginning no later than 2020.
Though the Paris outcome won’t deliver all the emissions reductions that are needed, it will speed the transition to clean energy and build a new framework for climate action. Nearly every country in the world, covering almost 99 percent of global emissions, has submitted commitments to take action on climate.
Our global climate team has been engaged in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks since the 1992 Rio summit, providing groundbreaking economic and legal analysis. EDF’s staff are experts in U.S. and international climate and energy policy; carbon markets and carbon market design; legal issues in international climate negotiations; internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (ITMOs); and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).
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Blog archive of past talks
- December 2015: Paris, France
- 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