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FAWCO Environment Task Force Co-Chairs Anne van Oorschot and Kara Fairchild will be blogging about the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Here's a message from the Co-Chairs:

The UN Climate Conference in Paris is of historic importance! While no one from the Environment Task Force is able to attend the Conference, the Task Force will be reporting on what goes on in Paris. In addition to some general background information on the Conference (and definitions of the UN’s Alphabet soup of abbreviations), we will post summaries of what has taken place to date. Please check back often and stay informed on this important climate meeting!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic as well!
Anne & Kara
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For FAWCO members living in or near Paris, or visiting during the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, you can participate in the debate on solutions to climate change.  The Climate Generations Areas (CGA) inaugural opening was December 1st and will be open to the public, free of charge, from the 1st through the 11th of December (except Sunday, December 6th) from...

COP21, Paris, France December, 2015 Notes and Impressions 

The Following notes are based on a session Elisabeth von Sachse  attended in November at the United Nations in Geneva.

The session covered some of the basics of Climate Change Negotiations, and featured a panel discussion at the close. These are the key points highlighted in the session by the presenters of...

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