Published on December 12th, 2015 | by Sandy Dechert39
“The Paris Agreement Is Officially Adopted”
December 12th, 2015 by Sandy Dechert
With these words (in French), COP21 President Laurent Fabius of France acknowledged the success of the third draft of the Paris Agreement on climate change for 2020 onward.
Fabius had released the draft earlier this afternoon for delegates to review. Following a break to read the text and last-minute corrections from the legal and linguistic group and the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, the worldwide body adopted it “with legal force” by acclamation.
Applause for the consensus was immediate and long. Top officials at the high table joined hands, stood, and embraced to the cheers of the Conference of Parties. The camera cut to the convention parties, then to former US Vice-President Al Gore standing with a wide smile, congratulating his colleagues, hands held high in applause. Read the document here.
Following the announcement and sustained ovation, President Fabius called on the representatives of all conference parties to speak for their constituencies. Here are some photographs captured from the livestream webcast by the United Nations, which is still going on.
In proper order, and most appropriately, the first delegate to speak was Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, the South African representative of the G77 + China, the largest and most crucial group of national delegates. She spoke first of “a better and safer world.” She indicated that further negotiations in Marrakech would address her group’s remaining questions of climate finance.