Why are the upcoming UN Climate Negotiations important?
The twenty-first session of the conference of the parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Paris in December 2015. COP21 is considered to be a pivotal moment in international climate negotiations, with the objective to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years, a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.
The Water Institute Lecture Series continues with Dr. Sheila Olmstead, Associate Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin and Visiting Fellow, Resources for the Future.
Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries have been meeting in formal negotiations at least twice each year since 1992. From the outside (and even from the inside!), progress can appear achingly slow at these meetings. Despite this, there have been significant successes, particularly on the issue of adaptation.