COP21 UN Climate Change Conference 2015

Paris, 30 November - 11 December 2015

A new hope?

The Paris Agreement sets us on a new path - hopefully one that is not only more sustainable, but one that is fair, just and equitable. This agreement must send a clear message to investors, businesses and citizens that the fossil fuel age is over. We must ensure the transition to renewable energy is made as quickly as possible and ensure this is done in a way that doesn’t limit the development aspirations of those less fortunate than ourselves.

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The challenge of a 2°C world

We are already experiencing a 0.8°C rise and the poorest bear the brunt. This is going to get a lot worse as we get closer to 2°C.  

Practical Action recognises that tackling climate change is indivisible from tackling poverty.  The people that we work with tell us how climate change is blighting their lives. Its impact on ecosystems and livelihoods will affect our work across all our programme areas.  

Through our work we are addressing these impacts with communities through developing climate smart agriculture, installing renewable energy systems and building disaster resilience.

Putting Technology Justice at the heart of the climate agreement will ensure poor people are not left behind.  

Contact details for our staff at COP21

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC) is an international environmental treaty produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Convention sets an ultimate objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations "at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human induced) interference with the climate system."

The supreme body of the convention is the Conference of Parties (COP). The COP held its first session in 1995 and since then every year the members of the UNFCCC from around the world meet to discuss science, progress and actions at the COP. This year the COP will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

The Kyoto agreement expires this year, so new terms must be agreed in Paris if we are to have any chance of preventing devastating global warming. We already have a 0.8°C rise and the poorest bear the brunt. As we get closer to 2°C it will get much worse.






Monday 30 November 2015

9th Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi work programme, in conjunction with SBSTA 43 meeting to focus on identifying good practices to linking national and local adaptation planning processes  

Practical Action representatives: Colin McQuistan & Chris Henderson


18:00 - 20:30

Tuesday 1 December 2015

CTCN introductory meeting, for Consortium Partners and Network Members, to define CTCN common messages during the COP 

Practical Action representative: Colin McQuistan

UNEP Room 9, Hall 3

10:30 - 11:30

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Climate resilience activities at sub-national level in South Asian countries 

Mr. Ranga Pallawala, Janathakshan

Observer Room 08

15:00 - 16:30

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Latin American Ecosystem Based Adaptation community of practice, Wednesday 2nd December, A session outlining a peer-learning network of climate change officials for enhanced implementation, organised by UNEP

Practical Action Representative: Chris Henderson

OECD Pavilion

13:15 - 14:45

Sunday 6 December 2015

Lighting Talks at Development & Climate Days - presentation of a practical tool for measuring resilience to flood risk 

Practical Action representative: Colin McQuistan


09:30 - 11:00

Monday 7 December 2015

The Effective Deployment of Mitigation Finance: Lessons from the CTF

Practical Action representative: Aaron Leopold

Africa Pavilion, Blue Zone, Hall 3, Room 2

10:00 - 11:30

Monday 7 December 2015

Climate Change and Development in Africa - An Entrepreneurial Approach to Innovative Solutions

Practical Action representative: Aaron Leopold

Africa Pavilion, Salle 1

18:00 - 19:30

Wednesday 9 December 2015

The Electricity Model Base for Africa, UNECA/KTH Institute of Technology

Practical Action representative: Aaron Leopold


18:00 - 19:30

Friday 11 December 2015

Climate Generations - efficiency and sustainability of climate and environmental policies in Africa: What are the scientific, political and financial barriers?

Practical Action representative: Colin McQuistan

Africa Pavilion

11:45 - 14:15


Climate Change affects every area of our work including: agriculture, disaster risk reduction, energy, and urban services. In the following publications we draw on nearly 50 years of experience of working directly with poor communities around the world and we advocate strategies for tackling the manifold issues associated with climate change.

Why Technology Justice is Critical for the Climate Negotiations

Paper for COP21 on delivering for climate change affected communities the finance, technology and capacity to give them a viable future.

Making climate change mitigation more meaningful: the link to universal energy access

The second paper in our poor people's energy briefing series argues that unless the global energy access agenda is more robustly paired with the climate agenda, the energy poor will remain what they have always been: left behind. It provides justification for the pairing of the two agendas on a number of fronts, and provides a series of recommendations on how decision-makers and institutions can quickly and effectively begin to address both issues simultaneously.

Climate smart agriculture and smallholder farmers

The role of technology justice in effective adaptation to climate change for smallholder farmers

Briefing Paper COP 20: The Crucial Role of Smallholder Farmers for Food Security and Eliminating Poverty in a Changing Climate

Blog listing

IPCC special report on 1.5°C

In 2015 the Paris Agreement, the global compact signed by the governments of the planet to tackle...
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Climate Change is back in the News

The last few years have started to place climate change back on the political map, not in respect...
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Technology for Development

Why is technology justice central to international development? As history demonstrates, techn...
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Elevated hand pumps supply clean water during floods

Dakshin Sahipur, a small village near the bank of the Karnali River in southern Nepal, gets flood...
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Saving seed and grains from flood

Chandra Bahadur Rokka Magar and his neighbours in Tikapur Municipality, ward 5 of Kailali distric...
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