How to be a part of the COP21
The 21st Conference of the United Nations on Climate Change (COP21) will take place in Paris from November 30th to December 11th, 2015. The goal of this meeting will be to define a universal international framework of action that should be both a legally binding agreement, and a flexible and dynamic one, strong enough to enable us to limit the planet’s average rise in temperature to less than 1.5°C or 2°C above pre-industrial levels. A Paris Climate Alliance should be built to send a strong and clear signal to the citizens of the world, local authorities and to the private sector that the world is moving toward lower carbon economies while guaranteeing everyone fair access to sustainable development.
20.000 delegates and 20.000 representatives from Civil Society are expected to attend and will all be gathered, for the first time, in the same place.
This event will therefore not only be restricted to Governments. Any citizen of the world will be able to participate. To be part of this major event, there are many possibilities:
1 Participate in the Conference by having a stand, planning a debate or organizing an exhibition. To do so, you have to apply, before August 10th, on the website of the COP21 (http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/civil-society/take-part-climate-generations-areas).
2 Visit the COP21, alone, in a group or with your school. To do this, wait until September to consult the event’s programme and plan your visit.
3 Show your commitment to the climate and support the COP21 by using the “United for climate action” visual, available for free download at http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/toolbox/logos
4 Cover the event as a journalist. Media wishing to obtain accreditation or have a workspace at their disposal can register from August by following the instructions at http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/media-facilities/press-accreditation-and-travel. Applications for a workspace at the media centre should be submitted before August 31st.