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3 Dec 2015

Re-COP - Day 4 in Paris at the UN summit on climate change

Animals everywhere inside the COP21 site.
By Finlay Duncan

Welcome to Paris; the capital of France and, for the next two weeks, the world's climate capital. Thousands of people, including 151 world leaders, from 195 countries have descended on the 'Parc des Expositions Paris le Bourget' site aiming to agree on a deal which will reduce global carbon emissions. Below you can follow Team BirdLife and some of the main talking points at COP21.

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You can follow Day 5's blog here

Day 4 - Thursday 3rd December

19:30 - Apologies if anyone has been unable to access the blog, we've had a few technical difficulties. Everything seems to be back up and running now though! Rounding off Re-COP for another day. Conversation continues on our social media accounts above. Friday tomorrow already?

19:00 - The second of our '60 Second COP' videos from Le Bourget. BirdLife Director Melanie Heath tells us a little bit about our The Messengers launch event which took place earlier:


18:30 - An important message from the President of Kiribati, whose country is already seeing large numbers of people moving abroad in order to escape the effects of climate change. Terrifying to think whole nations are at risk from this problem:

18:00 - The Climate Action Network's Fossil of the Day award today is heading to....DENMARK. Perhaps a surprising choice, given the Danes' reputation for being green, but their new government seems determined to pull back on all that good work. For shame.


17:00 - Events on forest degradation and restoration taking place in the IUCN Pavillion this afternoon, the Lima-Paris Action Agenda is turning its attention to Buildings and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is currently having a press conference (streamable here).

16:00 - This, as I've been writing, is my first experience of a COP. Not so for everyone though and there have been a number of comments about how 'together' this one feels in comparison with others. Sure, the civil society spaces, delegation rooms, plenary chambers etc. may all be in different giant halls, but they've been mixed in a way that no area feels lacking in atmosphere or footfall. Unlike in past, the civil society (in particular NGO) spaces are right in the heart of the summit, with many key meeting rooms for discussions with national delegations and side events being in the same hall - generating some welcome traffic for climate campaigners.

15:00 - After taking a look around the different halls on previous days here, today a tour of the Climate Generations space. This is the area open to the public throughout the COP (aside from Sunday).

Each day there have been queues to get in before the complex opens at 10.30am and it's been very busy whenever I've been in, a good sign! The space is home to a number of civil society stands, including one representing indigenous peoples (on the right):

There's a social media wall:

And some climate art:

Cycling also seems to be a big theme - you can cycle whilst enjoying a juice, listening to music, or even charging your phone!


And you can come visit Team BirdLife too - we're in Hall C in the Climate Generations space next to our French Partner LPO:


14:30 - Find yourself a little bamboozled by COP21 acronyms? Don't know your ADP from your REDD+? Thankfully, Indian newspaper The Hindu has put this handy glossary online here.

Plenty of Tweets from our The Messengers event, here's just one following #BirdsTellUs:
14:00 - BirdLife's Edward Perry has demonstrated some of the points made in the report, which you can read here, with our director Melanie Heath now moderating a discussion with our panellists, including Carlos Martin-Novella, Deputy Secretary on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
  

13:30 - We're underway at The Messengers presentation at COP21 in the Climate Generations area. Standing room only as this slightly blurry photo demonstrates:


13:00 - Lots of people in the Climate Generations area, despite it being well apart from the main COP21 summit zone (out and back through more security checks). Will try and get round the spaces and post some photos shortly.

12:00 - Off to the Climate Generations space to help set up for our event on The Messengers, our new global report on the effects of climate change and the nature-based solutions to the problem. The Climate Generations area is open to the public, so do join us from 1.15pm-2.45pm. Details on the tab across ->


For now, some of the highlights in the Climate Generations areas so far:

11:30 - BirdLife's daily meeting today decamps to a nearby cafe - on the agenda, the new draft text, where negotiations are at and also prepping for our event in the Climate Generations area this lunchtime:


With the Lima-Paris Action Agenda focussing on transport this morning, an interesting announcement from French Ecology Minister, Segolene Royal:

11:00 - 2 Degree Burns? Much discussion over this wall poster at the Germany Pavillion in Hall 2. It highlights the ambition to limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. But should it actually read '1.5degrees C'? German Chancellor Angela Merkel's introductory speech on Monday backed calls from French President Hollande for leaders to be bolder and instead cap the rise at 1.5 degrees. Watch this space, literally:


10:00 - UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, helps launch the Young and Future Generations Day with the message we must, we can, and we will take action now, a slogan which first came to prominence at last year's Climate March in New York:


09:30 - When is an agreement not an agreement? Daniel Bodansky discusses here the complex terminology surrounding any Paris Agreement and whether or not a 'treaty' can be legally binding on the countries that sign up to it.

09:00 - Good morning from Paris! Day 4 of COP21. What do we have so far? We have new text in the draft agreement - specifically a new Article 4 (which deals with adaptation), which you can read here.

Water systems will be made more resilient in the face of climate change with the announcement of a new fund, the Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation, which has more than 1 billion dollars of funding secured for it, according to this release from the UNFCCC.
What's ahead today? Transport is the focus of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda this morning, it's 'Young and Future Generations Day' today and, speaking of generations, the Climate Generations space (open to the public) is playing host to our BirdLife event this lunchtime presenting The Messengers, our new report on climate change - details here.

(Updates from Day 1 are available to view here, Day 2 here, and Day 3 here)