COP 21 - UN Climate Change Conference
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Current developments in the COP21
The French Presidency of COP21 has set up a website for the climate change conference. Explore the site to learn the latest news or find out how you can change your habits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Or take a quiz and see what you know about COP21. Please note that information is only available in English, French and Spanish.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international, multilateral climate treaty with the aim of preventing dangerous anthropogenic distortions of the climate system. The UNFCCC was established in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.
At the end of the sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in 2015, participants drew the positive conclusion that together the international community will be able to adopt an ambitious long-term climate agreement at the end of the year. On Angela Merkel's initiative, the first Petersberg Climate Dialogue was held in May 2010 as a follow-up to COP15 (Copenhagen) and in preparation for COP 16 (Cancun).Since then, the dialogue has served as preparatory meeting for the annual UN climate negotiations.
On 3 December 2014, the German cabinet adopted the Climate Action Programme 2020. With this programme the German government will ensure that it achieves the goal it set in 2007 of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared with 1990.
In order to limit global warming to 2°C, industrialised countries must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 40 percent by 2050 compared with 1990. In order to achieve this target, which also applies to Germany, the Federal Government will adopt the national Climate Action Plan 2050 in 2016.
The Federal Environment Ministry established the National Climate Initiative in 2008, in order to develop innovative concepts and implement them actively together with citizens and actors from civil society, industry and the scientific community. By 2014 more then 19,000 projects had received support totalling 555 million euros.
Since 2008, the Federal Environment Ministry has been financing an initiative for international climate action projects. The goal of the Climate Initiative is to tap existing potential for reducing emissions in a cost-effective way and to advance innovative model projects for climate action and adaptation to climate change.
Basic information on COP21
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