"COPs for dummies"

During summer 2015, Océan Dayer founded SYFC with the aim to take part at the 21st World Climate Conference in Paris (COP21). And guess what? A few months later our first delegation left for France!


On 12th of December 2015, at COP21 in France, Parties of the UNFCCC reached a landmark agreement to combat the climate crisis and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable zero carbon future by signing unitarily the Paris Agreement.   

The Paris Agreement builds upon the convention and – for the first time – brings ALL nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat the climate crisis.

But what exactly is a “COP”?

COP stays for “Conference of the Parties” and these are organized yearly from the UNFCCC (@unclimatechange) since the mid-nineties. Here the Parties, represented by delegates of each Nation included in the @unitednations, negotiate the new terms to contain the effects of climate change.    

What does the Paris agreement claim?

The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of the climate crisis by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 ° C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 °C. Additionally, the agreement aims to increase the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change, and at making finance flows consistent with a low GHG emissions and climate-resilient pathway. To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate mobilization and provision of financial resources, a new technology framework and enhanced capacity-building is to be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives. The Agreement also provides for an enhanced transparency framework for action and support.