Joint Statement issued in response to COP21 agreement

COP 21 has produced an accord reaffirming the world’s collective action on greenhouse gas emissions. It is not ideal – it can be be criticised for many shortcomings: It has still to prove to developing countries that the availability of finance, mostly from the private sector, will meet their needs; and it needs to demonstrate that the mechanisms for review, transparency, and accountability in meeting emissions targets are sound.

However, the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) – on curbing emissions beyond 2020, when current commitments, agreed at Copenhagen in 2009, run out – have been accepted by almost all the 195 nations that participated. The results improve the chances for future success, create incentives for innovation, develop markets that could help to keep global warming below 2C above pre-industrial levels (pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C), and treat poor countries more fairly.

The Club of Rome, Earth Charter International, Ecosocial Forum Europe, the Global Marshall Plan Initiative, Green Cross International, Plant for the Planet, the World Academy of Art & Science and the World University Consortium have issued this joint statement on the final document issued at COP21 in Paris on 14th December 2015.