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NGOs Outline Position on Paris Agreement

paris.20158 September 2014: Christian Aid, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) have published a report outlining what needs to be agreed at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris, France, in December 2015, what has changed since 1992 on the road from Rio to Paris, the prospects for an agreement and why a global agreement is needed.

The report, titled ‘Paris 2015: Getting a global agreement on climate change,' argues that international negotiations are vital for countries to build on national approaches and work together towards a low-carbon future. In order to ensure meaningful action on climate change, the report suggests that the new agreement include the following elements: ambitious action before and after 2020; a strong legal framework with clear rules; a central role for equity; a long-term approach; public finance for adaptation; a framework for action on deforestation and land use; and clear links to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The report states that a strong deal in Paris will: provide a clear signal to businesses to steer investment toward low-carbon outcomes; create a more predictable framework for companies operating in different countries; help meet SDGs that are increasingly at risk from rising global temperatures; help eliminate poverty, improve health and build security; and benefit the natural environment by helping to avoid biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems. [Publication: Paris 2015: Getting a Global Agreement on Climate Change]