Summary of Adoption of the Paris Agreement. Proposal by the President of the Conference of the Parties.

Conference of the Parties. Twenty-first session. Paris, 30 November to 11 December 2015

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Adoption of the Paris Agreement. Proposal by the President of the Conference of the Parties. summary
The 2015 Paris Agreement could mark a significant turning point in the fight against climate change.


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In November 2015, 196 nations assembled at the Paris Climate Change Conference, hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and pledged to limit greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to avoid the worst effects of climate change. This agreement marks an extraordinary diplomatic feat that has eluded negotiators for decades. However, it is vague and aspirational, outlining no legally binding emissions cuts and no concrete pathways for how to achieve them. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this historic agreement to business leaders, government officials and environmentalists.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What long-term temperature goals the 2015 Paris climate agreement stipulates,
  • When countries will limit greenhouse gas emissions, and
  • How developed countries will help developing nations pay for the effects of climate change.


At the Paris Climate Change Conference nations pledged to limit greenhouse gas emissions, in order to keep global average temperature changes “well below 2°C [3.6°F] above preindustrial levels” and to drive “efforts to limit” them even further to 1.5°C [2.7°F]. This would “significantly reduce the risks...
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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Its objective is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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