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Game-changing Deal Agreed at COP21

4th December 2015 - 322 days ago

Viviane Reding

Saturday 11th December 2015 saw an historic international climate agreement signed by negotiators from 195 countries. This heralds a new dawn in collaborative working by a multitude of nations and may well be the catalyst for future-proofing the planet.

The COP21 United Nations climate summit in Paris took place over 13 days, during which time Lord Nicholas Stern leading global economist and Chairman of the LSE Grantham Institute on Climate Change said “This gives us a strong sense of direction [on investing in a low-carbon economy]. This is a big change.”

Lord Nicholas Stern

Nicholas Stern of Brentford Kt, FBA

Leading Global Economist and Chairman of the LSE Grantham Institute

Meanwhile for the first time 22 countries are taking action to protect the world’s oceans, with the creation of the Because the Ocean declaration. José María Figueres, Chairman of the Carbon War Room and Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Commission said “The creation of this group highlights the importance of the ocean for the climate and the importance of the climate for the ocean.”

At the end of the COP21 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said: “History will remember this day …The Paris agreement on climate change is a monumental success for the planet and its people.”

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