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Moving Toward a Sustainable Future Following COP21

18 December 2015

After many years of failed attempts, world leaders have finally signed a comprehensive deal to address climate change at COP21 in Paris.

The agreement, signed by 195 nations, marks the first time that both developed and developing countries will be expected to help mitigate climate change by keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is half a degree less than initially proposed, since it became clear early on in the negotiations that an increase of 2 degrees would result in disastrous consequences in certain hotspots. The new goal of limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius will instead facilitate an equitable, balanced ecosystem for all global citizens.

WUN joined this historic conference as an official observer organisation, sending a delegation of some of its leading minds in responding to climate change. The delegation included Bristol's Professor Mark Eisler

WUN will continue to work with international agencies and organisations to deliver research-driven outcomes at the global, regional and local level. 

Further information

See WUN's Responding to Climate Change page.