Paris climate change conference
The Council took stock of progress in the international climate negotiations as part of the preparations for the UN Convention on Climate Change conference in Paris in December 2015 (COP21). Ministers assessed progress achieved in both latest negotiating sessions, Geneva (8-13 February 2015) and Bonn (1-11 June 2015).
Ministers expressed concerns about the slow pace of negotiations and noted that currently only 10 negotiating days remain until the COP21. Recalling the significance of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), ministers welcomed Parties that have already communicated their INDC and urged others to follow and to communicate their INDC well in advance of the Paris Conference.
Recognising the importance of ambition and durability of commitments, the Council expects the Conference to adopt a legally binding agreement applicable to all Parties and compatible with the below 2˚C objective and the related COP decisions.
The Councils debate will contribute to the development of the EU's position in the run-up to the Climate Change conference in Paris. It is expected that Council conclusions on international climate change negotiations shall be adopted on 18 September 2015.
Minister Kaspars Gerhards acknowledged that, "the European Union is committed to reaching an ambitious agreement in Paris, but cannot succeed alone." He called upon all Parties to strongly engage in negotiations and explore all possibilities for convergences.