COP21: Resources for Following Along


Between November 30th and December 11th, 2015, world leaders and representatives from over 190 countries will gather in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A key goal of the conference is to reach a universal climate agreement to keep global temperature rise below 2°C in an effort to avoid the most dire impacts of a changing climate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that if no action is taken and we continue on our present course, the earth is on track to see a global average temperature rise of at least 4°C (more than 7°F) by the end of the century.

President of the French Republic, François Hollande, explained that despite the attacks that occurred on November 13th, the conference will go on as planned: “We must continue – continue working, going out, living our lives, influencing the world: this is why the international climate conference will not only go ahead, but will bring hope and solidarity.”

This video from Grist provides a basic overview of the upcoming negotiations in under 5 minutes.

Background Information:

Resources to Use During the Negotiations:

Live Broadcasts

  • Follow COP21 Day by Day: Draft texts and live streams will be available on the official website during the negotiations.
  • Check live news on Twitter or join the discussion with the hashtags: #COP21, #GCFund, #INDC, #Action2015
  • You can also watch live coverage of COP21 on Periscope. People will be tweeting links to their Periscope broadcasts, so simply search for #Periscope and #COP21 together on Twitter. Another alternative is to search for “COP21” on the Periscope app.

Email Updates

News Resources

  • Adopt A Negotiator: Representing 13 countries and 9 different languages, Adopt A Negotiator’s mission is to change the way citizens from around the world engage in shaping climate change solutions at a global level.
  • Climate Home: Climate change news, analysis, commentary, video, and podcasts focused on developments in global climate politics.
  • Climate Change TV: Provides videos featuring top negotiators.
  • OneWorld: Founded in 1995, OneWorld is an international NGO with a mission to innovate internet and mobile phone applications that the world’s poorest people can use to improve their life chances and that help people everywhere understand and act on global problems.
  • Climate and Development Knowledge Network: The Climate and Development Knowledge Network supports decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development.
  • UNFCCC Newsroom: Website featuring climate change and stories about the groundswell of climate action by governments, companies, cities, the UN, and civil society around the world.

Tufts/Fletcher in Paris:

Follow along with faculty and fellows who are attending COP21:

If you are a Tufts/Fletcher alum in Paris, don’t miss the Paris Climate Conference Alumni Gathering:

  • Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm
    Delaville Café, 34 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris, France
    Register Online

Events on the Tufts Medford Campus:

  • The Great Debate on Climate: Bill Moomaw and Bruce Everett
    Thursday, December 3, 2015 6:30 – 8:00
    ASEAN, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA

    What is the most desirable outcome for the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris? GDAE Co-Director Bill Moomaw and Professor Bruce Everett will go head to head on this topic in this year’s Great Debate. This will be the 15th debate between the two, and the stakes have never been higher than now.

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1 Comment

  1. Aryt Alasti

    The page on COP21 can’t be viewed with a mobile device such as my Android phone.

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