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The outcome of a conference in Paris later this year looks to be a huge factor in governments taking real action on climate change.
The United Nations will hold its 2015 Convention on Climate Change Conference from November 30 to December 11. The event will bring together the nations of the world to create a new international agreement on the climate with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
"Paris 2015" has already begun to generate a huge amount of discussion and publicity, with China unveiling its ambitions carbon emissions target and some powerful examples of women leading the way in the fight against climate change.
According to the United Nations, the event will be the largest diplomatic event ever hosted by France and one of the largest climate conferences ever organised.
The stakes are high: the aim is to reach, for the first time, a universal, legally binding agreement that will enable us to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies.- United Nations
The UN has also introduced a new process into the proceedings: making it obligatory for nations to publish their own plans and commitments to reducing their contribution to global warming.
Each country must publish its national contribution, presenting its national efforts, as soon as possible and before COP21. This exercise is a new development in international climate negotiations and France has undertaken to help certain countries that are in difficulty to prepare their contribution, so that each one can present a national contribution to the global effort against climate change that corresponds to its situation. Shortly before COP21, the UNFCCC secretariat will publish a summary of these contributions, to give an indication of the cumulative impact of all these efforts.
1 Million Women will be following the lead-up to the Conference and linking you to resources to help you build your understanding of why this conference is so important as well as what you can do to take practical action against climate change.
UPDATE: Australia has announced its plans and commitments to reducing carbon pollution contributing to climate change, with a depressingly weak 26% reduction on 2005 levels by 2030, with a possible upper limit of 28% depending on economic considerations. This is at the lower end of developed nation responses, grouped with laggards like Canada and Japan, and equates to about a 19% reduction on the former baseline year of 2000 – a target that the Climate Change Authority, 1 Million Women and many others believe Australia should be meeting by 2020, not 2030!
Read our full response to the targets here.
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