1 Dec 2015

Re-COP - Day 2 at the UN Climate Summit in Paris

The BirdLife/LPO stand had a special visitor earlier
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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Day 2 - Tuesday 1st December

19:00 - Our BirdLife blog is drawing to a close for Day 2 - if you want to get in touch or continue the conversation, our social media details are just above this. What to look out for tomorrow? The Lima-Paris Action Agenda focusses on resilience, the NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) Fair (initiatives developing nations are driving on reducing emissions) is being held in the afternoon, and BirdLife is speaking at lunchtime at the IUCN Pavillion on climate change and conservation. Delegation discussions and spin-off groups continuing long into this evening.

18:30 - An air of positivity this evening at COP21. No 'Fossil of the Day' award from the Climate Action Network today - instead a 'Ray of the Day' is awarded to the Climate Vulnerable Forum for its efforts in adding more countries (just since COP began) who want to limit warming to below 1.5 degrees C, rather than 2 degrees. 106 countries now in support. More details on their work here: http://www.1o5c.org/

18:00 - A quick plug for an event we're holding in the Climate Generations space (so open to everyone) this Thursday on The Messengers, our report on the effects of climate change and nature-based solutions. More details here. Our newly agreed position on climate change is also available to read here.

17:00 - We're discussing the importance of having REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & forest Degradation) in the final COP21 agreement at a side event at the moment. Has a huge potential to deliver substantial emissions reductions in the short, medium and long term.
It's also among BirdLife's asks for COP21 - you can read them all here.

Whilst our event is ongoing, the Lima-Paris Action Agenda is discussing agriculture:

15:00 - Brought to the Four - We had a look around Hall 3 yesterday, home to all the national delegations and their private areas for negotiations. Today here are some quick shots of Hall 4, the civil society space (and BirdLife's home at COP21). It also houses conference rooms, break-out areas and the main Press Area, including the below studios for AFP and France24:

14:00 - These big scrolling video screens are dotted round the COP21 complex and list the large number of side events taking place here. Agriculture on the LPAA's agenda this afternoon, with the strengthening of indigenous peoples' adaptation strategies being discussed at a Tebtebba Foundation event, as the negotiations continue.

13:00 - As the VIPs continue their visit to the Climate Generations Event, the negotiations and meetings continue within the main summit zone. The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) begins its work, whilst the LPAA session turns attention to agriculture this afternoon.

12:00 - So a special visitor stops by the BirdLife/LPO stand - thank you French President François Hollande for your interest in our work!

It seems we're not the only ones interested by President Hollande's arrival (with French Minister of Ecology, Ségolène Royal) at the Climate Generations area. Here's a quick video from the official @COP21en Twitter account:

11:00 - Talkin' Bout Your (Climate) Generations - The Climate Generations space opens to the public now - more information is available here. It's open to absolutely everyone, so if you're in Paris between now and 11th December, pop in! BirdLife and our French Partner LPO have a stand in exhibition hall C at stands 21 and 22. Photos to come.

10:00 - Prince Charles of the UK speaking at the first Lima-Paris Action Agenda session, focussing on forests - you can follow the LPAA tweets here.

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09:30 - Thanks to a colleague for drawing my attention to this - Paris has been hit by a wave of COP21 'brandalism', where regular billboards are hijacked and replaced with activist messages. More than 600 ads were temporarily replaced overnight. The article is in French, but a translated version is available here.

We'll stick to some more classical ways of highlighting our work - such as our glossy new The Messengers report on the effects of climate change and the solutions nature offers. Haven't had a look yet? It's available to download here.

09:00 - It may be the first of December, but no tinsel and trees up at COP21 - there's work to be done here. A quick sum-up of yesterday; everyone arrived, many, many heads of state gave their introductory statements, offering some indications of their national positions, negotiations properly got underway and some major announcements, such as France and India's alliance to introduce a fund for making solar energy affordable, and the 'Mission Innovation' proposal from 20 major economies to double funding for clean energy.

Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA - Lima hosted last year's COP) press briefing on forests first up today - discussing initiatives and plans already being carried out to tackle climate change.

Today the 'Climate Generations' area will properly open at the COP21 site. It's just outside the main security perimeter, so will be open to the public right through until 11th December. BirdLife also has a presence there, so will be heading over later to give you a closer look.

Another useful graphic detailing the main focuses in the days ahead:

(Updates from Day 1 are available to view here)