GIWEH COP21, Paris - France

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) took place from November 30th - December 11th, 2015, in Paris, France. Mr. Adrien Oleszkiewicz represented GIWEH at COP21, attending as an observer, from December 7th -13th, 2015. GIWEH had four main objectives for attending this event: networking, supporting the water agenda within the climate change discussion, enhancing the role of civil society, and exchanging ideas with civil society organizations and other delegations about the future challenges and possible solutions to global environmental problems. COP21 was successful in reaching a consensus, as the participating 195 countries agreed to the final global pact, the Paris Agreement. Key conclusions include holding climate change to below two degrees Celsius, and reducing emissions as part of the method for reducing greenhouse gases. The agreement does not explicitly mention a plan for the role of water, but acknowledges the relationship between water and climate change by referencing the SDGs and recognizing water and sanitation as a human right. GIWEH will join the preparation meetings for COP22 in 2016, working on behalf of the connection between climate change and water.


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