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Climate Change - A Global Issue

UNFCCC COP 21 (2015)

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The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris le Bourget, France.

The status and full text (all official languages) of the Paris Agreement can be accessed online from the UN Treaty Collection. The report of the COP21 is issued as document FCCC/CP/2015/10 + Add.1 + Add.3

Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change

Watch this video by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to learn more about what is at stake and what actions need to be taken to mitigate the impact of climate change globally.

More videos on other aspects of climate change can be found on the IPCC's multimedia web page.

What is climate change?

The Human Environment - New Challenge for the United Nations. This photograph of the Canon Fjord, N.W.T. Canada, displays the grandeur of unspoiled nature in a world which, at the present rate of land consumption, is fast reducing wilderness areas to a few inaccessible regions. 01 January 1972-Canada.

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