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COP21: Sealing a Fair and Just Climate Deal for the World’s Poorest People

CARE International’s expectations for the 2015 climate talks in Paris, France

This paper outlines key issues on the agenda at the 2015 UN climate talks in Paris, France (COP21) and summarizes CARE’s expectations.

As emissions continue to rise, and the impacts of climate change escalate, CARE’s vision of a poverty-free world of hope, tolerance, and social justice, where all people lead dignified, secure lives, is increasingly threatened. International action lags far behind the actions needed to tackle climate change. The United Nations climate summit (COP21) in Paris, December 2015, is a critical crossroads. It will be a litmus test of governments’ ability to accelerate global efforts to avert the severest impacts of climate change, to promote equity, and to deliver on the promises of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.