Climate Change COP 21, Paris

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CORDIO participated  in the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  (COP21/CMP11), to highlight the stark threat to coral reefs.

The COP was hosted in Paris and chaired by France from 30 November to 11 December 2015.logo-COP21

We were involved in the following events and stories:

The Paris Agreement

A surprise outcome from the COP, to many, was the adoption of the aspirational “Paris Agreement“. It was adopted by all countries, and is to be signed and ratified during 2016. Download the agreement.


The surprise was that the agreement committed countries to maintaining climate change to below the generally agreed “safe” level of 2°C, with further aspiration to limit change to less than 1.5°C. Further, countries agreed to update their targets every 5 years. This common ground was a big surprise given the lack of commitment and agreement shown by countries in prior COPs, in particularly Copenhagen, in 2009.

Nevertheless, critics of the Agreement are many, as it did not include any quantitative or binding targets, leaving implementation up to the goodwill of countries.

See the links below to useful commentary on the Paris Agreement and the way forward.


Climate change and the oceans
Background to the UNFCCC