2 Dec 2015

Re-COP - Day 3 in France at the UN Climate Summit in Paris

This innovative sculpture greets delegates arriving at COP21
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 3 - Wednesday 2nd December

19:30 - Rounding this blog off for another day - more than halfway through the first week of COP21 already? How the time flies! As always, the conversation continues on Twitter @BirdLife_News / @BirdLifeEurope and on Facebook.com/BirdLifeInternational - à demain!

19:00 - COP21 President, Laurent Fabius, due to attend the ADP (Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform) Contact Group and hear progress reports from the various spin-off groups. An important feedback opportunity.

18:30 - BirdLife's Melanie Heath and Carlos Martin-Novella, Deputy Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, discuss plans for our event tomorrow (which they're both speaking at) on The Messengers, our new climate change report (which you can download here):

18:00 - 'Fossil of the Day' award time again - after no Fossil award was handed out last night, tonight Turkey scooped 2nd place, whilst two organisations (the International Maritime Organisation and the International Civil Aviation Organisation) were awarded top prize, rather than it going to any one country today. A pirate-themed ceremony to mark their win:

17:30 - Some COP21 light relief - thanks to PixelImpact, Carbon Market Watch and NatureCode for coming up with 'CapMan', a fun interactive game being launched

 just now at a side event at the EU Pavillion, which 'promotes actions that will limit CO2 emissions and cap global warming at 1.5degrees C. You can play CapMan here.

17:00 - Some news from China, with state media there announcing a pledge to reduce emissions from major pollutants in its power sector by 60% by 2020 - this report from Australian broadcaster SBS has more.

16:00 - Team BirdLife's daily meeting for Wednesday. A chance to discuss what we've been hearing, opportunities to directly influence delegations and what's on the agenda to come:

15:00 - Some of the main talking points around the world's media on COP21: In China, Caixin (a news weekly)'s editorial draws on the country's notorious smog problem (particularly in Beijing) and why the country needs to stop heavily relying on fossil fuels - link here, in India, The Hindu talks on why India must resist what it sees as attempts by developed countries to take less of a lead on combating climate change, the concept of 'differentiated responsibilites' which would take some pressure off developing nations such as India - link here.

14:30 - The event BirdLife's involved in on protected areas is now hearing from a surprise special guest, Colombian Minister of Environment, Gabriel Vallejo Lopez, on the situation in his country:

Water Day in the Climate Generations area - quick plug for our event there tomorrow lunchtime - details here.

14:00 - BirdLife Director, Melanie Heath, speaking on the importance of protected area networks in the face of a changing climate, at an event on putting such protection areas to work for climate stability and sustainable development:

Meanwhile, from the UNFCCC/COP21 President press conference:

13:00 - Two be, or not Two be - After quick tours of Halls 3 and 4 in the last two days, today a short spin around Hall 2 at the massive COP21 site. As well as hosting more national delegations (like Hall 3 does), Hall 2 is also home to some of the grander pavilions - such as these efforts from the USA and India (and yes, that is a waterfall):

Hall 2 also hosts one of the two main 'plenary' rooms for the central discussions (and also leads to the other plenary room) - no photo I'm afraid as it's kept shut when discussions aren't being held:

Press Conference with UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres and the COP21 President, Laurent Fabius, taking place at the moment - stream here.

12:00 - Edward Perry, BirdLife's Climate Change Policy Co-ordinator, talking through the impacts of climate change on bird species, the threats they're facing and what our responses should be, at the IUCN Pavillion. A Q&A will follow with all panellists - have a question to ask? Tweet us @BirdLifeEurope!

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11:30 - BirdLife speaking shortly at the IUCN Pavillion on Species Conservation in a Changing Climate, where our The Messengers report will also be presented. 

11:00 - Negotiations underway again, after the initial excitement of the first two days, there seems to be more of a business-like atmosphere at the complex today. A little calmer, a little quieter; hopefully a sign that rational, careful discussions are being had as COP21's goal of a new global climate agreement remains on the horizon.
Elsewhere, the 'LaGalerie' space opens today at the Air and Space Museum not far from here. It's an exhibition of low carbon ideas being presented by a number of companies and organisations - more information here. LPAA is focussing on resilience, French Minister of Ecology, Segolene Royal, amongst the speakers in the last hour:

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10:00 - Read our report The Messengers on the effects climate change is already having and the solutions nature offers. It's available to view here.

09:00 - An apple a day and all that - nice healthy start to each morning with these stalls handing out free fruit at the entrance to COP21.
Reasons to be cheerful as we approach the mid-point of this first week:

- The USA and China, the world's two largest greenhouse gas-emitting countries, appear to be working together in order to find a solution (an article from Reuters here). Among the US's announcements is the promise to give $30 million for climate risk insurance schemes in the Pacific, Central America and Africa.
- A new final draft text of an agreement is being promised by the COP co-chairs by Saturday, giving ministers the second week to agree on the finer points.
- A number of key funding announcements - see more here from World Resources Institute - among them is hosts France promising to spend 2 billion Euros on renewable energy in Africa.
- And today is 'Resilience Day' at COP21 - making sure green policies are sustainable and can last.

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