COP 21: Historic Climate Change Agreement And Its Impact On Access And Transfer Of Green Technologies

By Fabrice Mattei

It didn’t seem achievable until the early morning of December 12, 2015, after 12 days and nights of intense negotiations, 150 heads of state visits, over 40,000 attendees, not less than 14 opposing negotiating camps2 and unprecedented private business involvement, all 196 countries member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”) reached a milestone binding agreement on climate change (“Paris Agreement”).3 Since then the profound threat4 caused by climate change is ranked as “human rights,”5 recognized as “universal”6 and treated as “urgent.”7 The Paris Agreement is far more ambitious, meaningful and global than all past legal instruments on climate change setting worldwide binding greenhouse gases emission reduction targets and commitments to all 196 UNFCCC’s Parties within a specific time frame.

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