UN Conference of the Parties: Climate Summits
By engaging with the problems caused by climate change, amd implementing policies to stop the worst, most damaging elements, our world leaders can create a sustianable future, that's fair for all nations and stimulates a lucrative global economy. Nearly 200 nations met at the UN Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21) Paris December 2015, to discuss a global agreement on how to go about this across the Northern and Southern countries.
These meetings have been occuring annually since 1994 after the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) emerged in 1992. They have gradually, over the years, accumilated new signatories until they now approach universal membership from all the Earth's countries.
In 1997, the UNFCCC arrived at the Kyoto Protocol, the first attempt at legally binding efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It split the world nations into developed, and developing nations, so that economic growth wasn't impaired by environmental concerns - countries like India and China fell into the developing category.
In more recent history, since emergent markets like these have boomed beyond sustiainable borders, the UNFCCC tried to secure a definite solution for climate change in COP15: Copenhagen in 2009, but it failed and no-one agreed. After days and days of talking, and drafts and drafts of text - a weak 'recognition' of climate ambition was achieved. To much devestation for those from organizations that had worked tirelessly for years on the deal.
21 years of meetings have proved extremely slow and ineffective. Having worked for environmental NGOs, I can atest to the devestating effects of differing interests, alliances, bad days, misplaced priorities and probably even egos themselves. These meetings comprise of rooms full of scientists, corporates, politicians, NGOs and civilians squabbling over what they think is important, each with regards to his or her own agendas. People power is an important weapon in changing attitudes and minds and inisting these people are well informed and inspired to make the right changes.