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A victory for the climate in Paris

On 12 December 2015, at the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, one of the most important international agreements in history.

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In doing so, they recognized the severity of climate change, acknowledged its dramatic costs and committed to take action to stay well below a 2°C global temperature rise. UNEP has worked for decades to support climate action – bringing science to policymakers, and helping communities around the world adapt to climate change.

In doing so, they recognized the severity of climate change, acknowledged its dramatic costs and committed to take action to stay well below a 2°C global temperature rise. UNEP has worked for decades to support climate action – bringing science to policymakers, and helping communities around the world adapt to climate change.

We look forward to working with our partners to put the Paris Agreement into action and prompt stronger and wider action. We will do this through supporting the expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, promoting fuel efficiency measures, guiding the world toward sustainable consumption and production patterns, and helping countries adapt to a changing climate.

UNEP mobilized institutional investors who promised to decarbonise $600 billion of investments

Specific UNEP contributions to COP 21 and the Paris Agreement

Assisted 36 countries who submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to develop and complete their plans.

Mobilized institutional investors, who promised to decarbonize $600 billion of investments

Helped facilitate over $10 billion in pledges to the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative

Through the Global Adaptation Gap Report 2014, contributed to 97 countries including adaptation components in their INDCs.

Partnered with the COP Presidency on launching the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction. 22 countries and 60 organizations joined the alliance, which UNEP will host.

Helped countries make links between climate science and policy.

Partnered in engaging non-state actors, a key pillar of the COP Presidency. Non-state actors are crucial to delivering emissions reductions, especially in the four years before the Paris Agreement enters into force.