PCP at COP21 – the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference
A delegation from the Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) attended the international climate conference in Paris (COP21) in December 2015.
The delegation consisted of Maina Talia (a former KATEP participant) and Pulafagu Toafa from Tuvalu, Tinaai Teaua and Rae Bainteiti from Kiribati, Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang formerly from Kiribati – now from Australia, and Phil Glendenning and Jill Finnane from Australia.
The delegation participated in a number of Side Events organised by non-government organisations and by the UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency. Delegates also spoke to journalists from many international media organisations including FranceTV, the South China Morning Post and the ABC.
The delegation also cooperated with Kiribati and Tuvalu government delegations to help raise the profile of the Coalition of Atoll Nations (CANCC).
Although the agreement reached in Paris will not be enough to stop significant climate change from occurring, it was significant in that it is the first time that such a large number of countries have agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The efforts of the PCP delegation and global civil society more generally were vital in placing significant pressure on countries to come to an agreement.
Read PCP's Paris Conference report here.
Watch Phil Glendenning's reflections on the Paris Summit