FEEDBACK – The Foundation’s Talks and Debates : COP21 … and now what?

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Just a few days after the end of the 2015 COP21, Bruno Rebelle, a former Programme Director at Greenpeace International and expert in sustainable development, lead one of the Foundation’s Talks and Debates.

 


 

From November 30th to December 12th, 2015 the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP21 as it was commonly referred to, was held in Paris, France. Presented by many as the last-ditch meeting to ensure the containment of climate change on a global scale, the COP21 Summit drew a lot of attention, as it gathered representatives from 196 States, and eventually led to the adoption of a common and partially binding understanding, the Paris Agreement.

 

Handicap International’s take on the COP21

On December 16th, 2015, just a few days after the summit came to an end, the Foundation decided to shed light on the COP21. First, Véronique Walbaum, DRM Technical Advisor at HI, made a few preliminary remarks having represented the interests of the association during the Summit as part of a coalition of NGOs.

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Véronique Walbaum, DRM Technical Advisor at HI, made a few preliminary remarks prior to the Foundation's Talk and Debate. © Sonia Zdorovtzoff / Handicap International

Véronique Walbaum, DRM Technical Advisor at HI, made a few preliminary remarks prior to the Foundation’s Talk and Debate. © Sonia Zdorovtzoff / Handicap International

 

Her critical review of the Summit and Paris Agreement was then confronted with the one of Bruno Rebelle, an expert in sustainable development and French diplomacy, now at the head of Transitions-DD, a consultancy agency specializing in sustainable development strategy.

 

Bruno Rebelle during his intervention at the Foundation's Talk and Debate. © Sonia Zdorovtzoff / Handicap International

Bruno Rebelle during his intervention at the Foundation’s Talk and Debate. © Sonia Zdorovtzoff / Handicap International

 

Bruno Rebelle’s impressions of the COP21 Meeting and Agreement

Bruno Rebelle praised Handicap International’s participation in the process and discussed the importance of the meeting itself as well as the agreement agreed upon by the 196 parties.

Both were indeed surprisingly successful, according to Rebelle, who at first, could not have imagined that all 196 parties could have reached an agreement, and certainely not one that is partially binding. He praised some of the Paris Agreement’s achievements: for instance, he was happily surprised that all parties agreed to limit their emissions, to relatively safe levels, of 2C°, with an aspiration of 1.5C° … in writing.

His presentation, which also contained more critical aspects of the Summit and Agreement, fueled a lively debate around the issues of climate change and sustainable development, with participants interested in knowing how climate change or the Paris Agreement could affect the work of Handicap International on the ground.

 

To watch Bruno Rebelle’s presentation on the Paris Agreement and COP21 in English, click here.

Pour visionner en français l’intervention de Bruno Rebelle sur l’accord de Paris et la COP21, cliquer ici.

 

For further information

UNFCC, Paris Agreement, 12 December 2015

Fiona Harvey, “Paris climate change agreement: the world’s greatest diplomatic success”, The Guardian, 14 December 2015.

Fiona Harvey, “Paris climate change deal too weak the help poor, critics warn”, The Guardian, 14 December 2015.