Over the last few years, the impact of economic development on the environment and the climate has become undisputed and the awareness of it has become widely spread and accepted
Considering the complexity of global warming and the environmental, political, economic and social issues it arises, bringing people together around the table to discuss such matters and most importantly to reach binding agreements is all but a straightforward mission.
In order to promote dialogue and debate around this huge challenge, the UN has therefore been organizing since 1995 the annual “Conference Of Parties” (“COP”), gathering over 196 countries.
The COP is the annual conference where the objectives are set and the necessary measures to limit climate change are negotiated: reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, developing countries adaptation to climate change, fund raising and technology transfer.
After years of skepticism and doubt, the COP 21 that took place in Paris last year finally lead to a large agreement to tackle global warming and the impacts of economic development on the environment. More than 40 000 participants including Heads of States, Head of Governments, Negotiators, Ministers, Delegations of State Members, Multinational Companies and Representatives of Civil Society attended the event and an estimated 200 000 additional participants took part indirectly.