Covering the Paris climate conference? The SMC is here to help

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Conference of the Parties, also known as COP 21, is fast approaching, kicking off on Monday November 30 and running until Friday December 11.

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The Science Media Centre will be monitoring the negotiations in Paris closely and working with experts and journalists to ensure informed, accurate and up-to-the-minute coverage of the conference and associated events.

Journalists seeking to get in touch with New Zealand experts, both in Paris and New Zealand, for reactions and comment can contact the SMC more information.

We will also be collating announcements, news coverage and expert reaction on the Science Media Center website under the COP21 tag available here.

The conference will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said the climate actions plans put forward by countries “represent a clear and determined down-payment on a new era of climate ambition from the global community of nations. Governments from all corners of the Earth have signalled through their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions that they are determined to play their part according to their national circumstances and capabilities.”