COP21 in Paris: Climate Change Agreement is signed

COP21 in Paris: Climate Change Agreement is signed 

196 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on December 12, 2015. This agreement will replace the active nowadays Kyoto Protocol.

The agreement sets the goal of combating global warming in average temperature to "well below 2°C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C by 2050."

In the frameworks of this agreement, developing countries will have an opportunity to get additional funding to switch from fossil fuel to greener sources of energy and adapt to climate change effects, the developed world will provide $100 billion a year. DOWNLOAD AGREEMENT

Heinrich Wyes, CAREC Deputy Executive Director also participated at the final session of the COP21, when the Agreement has been officially signed. He said, “The Paris Agreement provides a unique opportunity for all countries, including the countries of Central Asia, to unite the efforts towards a low-carbon development path. It is a beginning of a new era of global and regional actions towards greener and more sustainable economies”.

In 2015, CAREC in close cooperation with international partners facilitated the regional dialogue platform, bringing on board the countries of Central Asia to discuss challenges, opportunities and readiness of the region in times of a new Global Climate Agreement.  

1. Regional Conference on climate change in Central Asia: towards Paris 2015: 4-5 February 2015. Almaty, Kazakhstan. Donors and partners: APAN, Ministry of the Environment of Japan, ADB, USAID, etc.

2. Side-event of the 42th meeting of the SBSTA: 3 June 2015. Bonn, Germany

3. Central Asia Climate Change Focal Points and Expert Network Meeting: Towards Paris 2015: New Climate Agreement and Opportunities for Central Asia. Donors and partners: KOICA and UNEP

4. Side-event of the COP21: Innovative policies in low-carbon development and climate resilience in Europe and Central Asia: 4 December 2015. Paris, France

CAREC also prepared a series of knowledge products, dedicated to “Paris 2015” process at the regional level in Central Asia. They include:

1. Towards Paris 2015: what a new global climate agreement will mean for the countries of Central Asia? Technical paper. Almaty: August. 2015

2. Global climate processes in Central Asia: achievements, opportunities and expectations. Background paper. Almaty: November. 2015

3. Climate change in Central Asia: impacts, response measures and readiness to Paris. Video. Almaty: December. 2015


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