From 30 November to 11 December, the world’s leaders are gathering in Paris for the 21st annual meeting working towards the objectives laid out in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change treaty.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (or COP21) is a crucial opportunity to create the first universal, legally-binding agreement to effectively tackle climate change and move the societies of the world towards resilient, low-carbon economies. This agreement would come into effect in 2020.
To achieve this, the method must be two-fold: working to reduce global warming to under 2°C through cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions, and ensuring that countries where climate change is already having an effect can adapt.
To help fund this crucial but ambitious target, COP21 is aiming to raise $100 billion a year from 2020 through public and private sources in developed countries.
A team from HelpAge will attending key events in Paris to call for world leaders to agree a realistic and binding framework, and to ensure that climate change strategies being developed take into account that climate change is happening within an ageing world.