This meeting serves as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21) and the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) due to be held in Paris, France.
The meeting is aiming to deliver a new multilateral agreement on climate change that should replace the Kyoto Protocol when it expires at the end of the decade. Parties will arrive in Paris with a bracketed draft text for this new regime to consider and refine. The new agreement will build on countries' self-defined "intended nationally determined contributions" that must contain at least a mitigation component. Governments have also agreed that the new deal will be universally applicable to all nations.
ICTSD will host a series of side-events on issues at the trade and climate change interface, including on carbon markets, clean energy and climate action, the climate contribution of the Environmental Goods Agreement, technology, arctic black carbon from shipping, and consumption-based accounting and policies.
In addition to these events, our BioRes reporting team will be on the ground providing breaking news and analysis (in six languages) on relevant trade issues emerging from the negotiations and also placing these in a global economic context. To better understand the background behind the talks, and various evolutions in the discussions, please see our reporting available from previous annual UNFCCC meetings. To get our BioRes Paris Updates delivered straight to your inbox please subscribe to the publication here. BioRes is a monthly periodical published by ICTSD offering news and analysis focused on issues at the nexus of trade and environment policy.
For more information on our activities, our research and publications, or to pick up a copy of the latest BioRes Paris Update you can also drop by our booth during the COP21 meeting. You can also follow ICTSD's Global Platform on Climate Change, Trade, and Sustainable Energy on Twitter.