Please find attached the UNI Global Union Report featuring key highlights of the two intense weeks of negotiations at COP21 and UNI Global Union’s plans to follow up on COP21 decision and Paris Agreement.
Many thanks to all of you for your support. The mobilization of civil society, UNI Global Union, ITUC and UNI affiliates around the world was key to the success of COP21.
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After two intense weeks of work at the COP21 climate summit in Le Bourget together with ITUC and 400 union delegates, UNI Global Union and the trade union team make a critical assessment of the Paris agreement.
The Paris agreement marks a major leap for human kind and the result of a compromise among 195 nations.
But what is in the text ? (see the full COP21 decision and Paris agreement text available on the UNFCCC website):
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Paris, 11th of December 2015.
The COP21 French Presidency presented a new draft agreement late at night on the 10th of december and Ministers worked all night to make progress on the agreement. The text was balanced with firms commitments to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C raising the ambition of the previous 2°C commitment and promising scaled up finance beyond 2020 using 100 billion US dollars a year as a floor for helping developing countries to reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change.
Today in Paris, civil society organized a collective action urging Ministers to agree on an ambitious and binding climate deal for people and the planet. The global trade union movement including ITUC and UNI Global Union as well as NGOs such as Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth all joined the collective action as united front to ask for climate justice now and urging political leaders to make further progress in the climate negotiations.
Paris - 9 December 2015
Today a new draft agreement was presented by the COP21 French Presidency to Ministers as a basis for negotiation. The clock is ticking with only two days left before the end of COP21.
Significant progress has been made on the Preambule, adaptation, technology transfer and forests but hot-buttons issues still need to be resolved, especially on mitigation and finance.
For Philip Jennings, Secretary General of UNI Global Union, "Ministers have 24 hours to lift their game. They can do better than this."
The new leaked text of the Annexes on Energy and Environmental Services for the Trade in Services Agreement was published by Wikileaks on the 3rd of December
UNI Global Union and ITUC are working hand in hand at the COP21 in Le Bourget, France near Paris to build and develop collective action with the unions being represented at the climate summit.
The 21st UNFCCC Conference of Parties is opening today in the city of light after several days of grief following the Paris attacks.
Around 570,000 people joined climate marches around the world, with more than 2000 events taking place in 175 countries. In Paris, UNI Global Union and ITUC joined the peaceful Human Chain Action for climate action.
For Philip Jennings, the General Secretary of UNI Global Union, “Heads of States and decision-makers are now converging towards Paris. Our message to them is very clear. It is a message of hope, peace and prosperity.”