First Round of UN Climate Talks in 2015 to Begin in Geneva


Working to Advance Draft of New Paris Climate Agreement

(Bonn, 6 February 2015) – Countries begin their nextround of UN climate change talks on Sunday, in Geneva, where they will continue work to advance the draft text of a new, universal climate change agreement which  38-page text which stemmed from COP20 in Lima.

The Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) meets from February 8th to the 13th in the UN Palais des Nations. The ADP is the negotiating body tasked with building the new agreement, which governments are due to deliver at the end of the year in Paris.

The world needs to achieve a three-part goal, if it is to prevent average global temperatures from rising more than 2C degrees, beyond which increasingly unmanageable climate impacts on societies and economies are likely to occur. An idea that has recently been gaining lots of momentum is a complete phase out of fossil fuel emissions, “We must peak global greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, trigger a deep de-carbonization of the global economy and eventually reach a climate neutral world in the second half of this century,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Negotiators are expected to make progress on defining the legal form of the final Paris agreement. The Geneva meeting follows a year that was the hottest in recorded history, marked by the ultimate science report urging climate action, and the annual UNFCCC in Lima, COP20 last December where countries negotiated text, called The Lima Draft, which contains different options for the Paris climate agreement from all countries.

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