Negotiators gather for COP 21 in Paris, December 2015. Image courtesy of the UNFCCC, via Flickr.
The Paris Agreement strengthens the global climate effort by requiring all countries to set climate goals and by establishing new mechanisms to hold countries accountable and to build ambition over time...
The agreement was reached in December 2015 and entered into force 11 months later. In June 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the agreement.
A Paris Primer
C2ES answers questions on the talks leading to the Paris climate accord, how the agreement works, key legal issues, the agreement’s status, and next steps.
Summary of the Paris Agreement
A closer look at the core elements, including commitments on emissions, adaptation, finance and transparency, and steps to promote carbon trading.
C2ES Statement on Paris
U.S. leadership and a groundswell of support from mayors, governors and CEOs helped deliver the landmark agreement.
C2ES Statement on U.S. Withdrawal
The decision to withdraw ignores the many U.S. business leaders – and the strong majority of Americans – who want the United States to stay in the Paris Agreement.
Business Support for Paris
Leading U.S. companies organized by C2ES signed a letter to President Trump and full-page ads in major newspapers urging him to keep the United States in the agreement.
Toward 2015 Dialogue
C2ES brought together top negotiators from two dozen countries for a series of in-depth discussions that forged common ground on key issues for Paris.
COP 21 Initiatives
A sampling of the many initiatives launched at the Paris Climate Conference by companies, city, state and local governments, and other non-state actors.
- Elliot Diringer: Let Trump Claim a Better Deal on Climate
- Elliot Diringer: Paris Agreement is better with the US in
- Elliot Diringer: An American in Marrakech
- Jennifer Huang: Lessons Learned from Climate Tranbsparency
- Elliot Diringer: How we helped on the road to Paris
C2ES Policy Briefs:
- Legal Issues Related to the Paris Agreement
- UNFCCC Climate Transparency: Lessons Learned
- Legal Note: Could a Future President Reverse US Approval of the Paris Agreement?
- Structuring the UNFCCC 2018 Facilitative Dialogue
- Key Issues in Completing the Paris Climate Architecture
- Linking Non-State Action with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Elliot Diringer briefs the Business Roundtable and members of the C2ES Business Environmental Leadership Council on the Paris Agreement
Video: Executive Vice President Elliot Diringer Briefs the Business Roundtable and members of the C2ES Business Environmental Leadership Council on the Paris Agreement and other outcomes of COP 21. December 15, 2015
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