Essential Background Resources for COP21

The GLOBE International secretariat has compiled some essential websites and reports for participants to the GLOBE COP21 Summit, and other events and activities during COP21:

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
The UN climate change convention explained and summarised

UNFCCC – Interactive Guide to the ‘Big Picture’ on Climate Change
An essential guide to the UN climate change regime, the UNFCCC negotiating process and the global effort to combat climate change.

UNFCCC – Climate Action Now: A Summary for Policymakers
This UNFCCC report (released 18/11/15) identifies good practice policies, initiatives actions that could be scaled up and replicated by Parties to realize significant mitigation potential in the pre-2020 period.

UNFCCC Paris COP21 Information Hub

UNFCCC – Fast facts and figures

UNFCCC - Non-state Actor Zone for climate Action (NAZCA)
NAZCA registers commitments to climate action by companies, cities, subnational regions, and investors to address climate change. For example, over 250 companies, cities, regions & investors have committed to take long term climate action.

Navigating the Road through Paris – A COP21 Media Guide
Prepared by our partners at E3G, handy guide to why Paris matters, key issues in the negotiations and potential outcomes

From Copenhagen to Paris – A new era for climate action
A nice infographic from Climate Nexus illustrating progress since Copenhagen in 2009, and using GLOBE/ Grantham Institute LSE study date on climate legislation

What is COP21? The 2-minute guide
For those short of time, a pithy video guide to the most complex, and important, negotiations on climate change ever.


Key Websites

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

COP21/CMP11 Host Country France - official website

French National Assembly

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Climate Change 2014 – Fifth Assessment Report

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

United Nations Development Programme

UN Women

UN Women Beijing+20

WORLD BANK – Climate Change

Turn Down the Heat – Confronting the New Climate Normal. World Bank 2014

Royal Society – Energy, Environment and Climate

AVOID2 – Avoiding dangerous climate change

The Earth Statement

The Global Climate Legislation Study 2015



UNEP Climate Commitments of Sub-national Actors and Business

UNEP Emissions Gap Report

“Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability” – UNDP March 2015

“Seizing the Global Opportunity – partnership for better growth and a better climate” The New Climate Economy Report – 2015

RISKY BUSINESS – The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States

Encyclical Letter LAUDATO SI’ by Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home. May 2015

Assessing the missed benefits of countries’ national contributions – New Climate Institute. October 2015



The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Inter-Parliamentary Union - Revised preliminary draft outcome document COP21/CMP11 (version 06/11/15) -- FRENCH version

Inter-Parliamentary Union - Revised preliminary draft outcome document COP21/CMP11 (version 06/11/15) -- ENGLISH version

Inter-Parliamentary Union - Draft Parliamentary Action Plan on Climate Change.



Men and Women Taking Action on Gender Equality and Climate Change: How Far Have We Come?
COP 20 – High-level Gender Day. 9 December 2014, Lima, Peru.

The Forests Dialogue: Linking Policy and Practice on REDD+ Benefit Sharing
COP20 – 2 December 2014, Lima Peru.

Africa in a Post-2015 New Climate Change Agreement
COP20 – 10 December 2014, Lima Peru


GLOBE International Secretariat Contacts