Adoption of the Paris Agreement. Proposal by the President.

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Publication Date 12/12/2015
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Reports and analysis of the results from the COP21, the 21st Session of the Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Paris, 30 November - 11 December 2015.

An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris on the 12 December 2015.

The Conference of the Parties at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, Paris, 30 November - 11 December 2015 adopted the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Paris Agreement for the first time would bring all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities.

The universal agreement’s main aim was to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Following the adoption of the Paris Agreement by the COP (Conference of the Parties), it will be deposited at the UN in New York and be opened for one year for signature on 22 April 2016 - Mother Earth Day.

The agreement will enter into force after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification.

EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said: 'This agreement is a major win for Europe. But more importantly, it is a major win for the global community. Europe has led the efforts in Paris to get an ambitious and legally binding global climate deal. We have forged alliances and others have joined. Our key objectives − on the long-term goal, the 5-yearly review cycles and transparency − are in the new agreement. The agreement also reconfirms global commitment to continued support to those in need of assistance. We succeeded. Now, what has been promised must be delivered. Europe will continue to lead the global low-carbon transition we have agreed'.

Greenpeace said 'The Paris Agreement is only one step on a long road, and there are parts of it that frustrate and disappoint ..., but it is progress'.

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