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COP21, Paris, November 2015

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The Negotiations Guide and the Summary for Policymakers: Essential Francophone publications to share the necessary knowledge and to allow national delegations and each one to have a detailed analysis and means of action

The Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), is working to improve understanding and understanding of the issues and challenges of climate change negotiations. Publishes a Negotiations Guide, which is also the subject of a Summary for Policymakers (see the Guide of the Negotiations). These documents are widely disseminated upstream of each Conference in digital format and during printed conferences. For several years they have been translated into English to meet the demands of English-speaking countries and partners, because such detailed reference documents do not exist beyond the French-speaking world at the moment.

On the occasion of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, these documents were prepared by ENERGIES 2050 on behalf of the Institut de la Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD).

ENERGIES 2050 has provided editorial direction, co-ordination and is a leading author of the Guide to Negotiations and the Summary for Decision Makers. These documents provide readers with a history of the negotiations and present an analysis of the different issues to be negotiated in Paris as well as an overview of the Conference’s expectations and a wealth of useful information in the form of the technical sheets.

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Extract from the OIF/IFDD website

The agreement expected in Paris this year, which will be negotiated at the 21st Conference of the Parties (CoP21) in November-December 2015, is of paramount importance in the progress of the climate negotiations. As a result of a process begun in 2011 with the launch of the Durban Platform’s Special Working Group for Enhanced Action, it is hoped that the measures taken to tackle climate change will be significantly strengthened.

The Paris agreement will outline the roadmap for the post-2020 period. To this end, it will be able to capitalize on the voluntary commitments of the Parties, which are included in the planned national contributions which they have massively submitted during 2015. At the same time, COP 21 will be an opportunity to start now – not to wait until 2020 – to close the gap between the commitments made by the countries and the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that would really be necessary to prevent global warming from reaching a perilous level.

In order to help participants better understand the challenges of COP21, this guide provides an historical perspective (Part I) and an analysis of the key issues negotiated on the basis of the latest negotiating texts and country positions on these issues II). Boxes and thematic sheets provide the reader with all the keys to negotiations. Although this book is particularly intended for negotiators from member countries of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), it should also be a useful tool for all other participants.

This document has been prepared by ENERGIES 2050 on behalf of the IFDD and does not necessarily represent the views of either of these organizations or of the Chair of COP21.

COP21 – Summary for Policymakers

COP21 – Guide to the Negotiations

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