DOWNLOAD NOW: Draft Paris outcome of COP21

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a draft of the international climate agreement expected to come out of the historic climate talks going on right now in Paris at COP21.

COP 21 agenda item 4 (b)
Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (decision 1/CP.17)
Adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with
legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties
Version 1 of 9 December 2015 at 15:00

Proposal by the President
[The Parties to this Agreement,
Being Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, hereinafter referred to as “the
In pursuit of the objective of the Convention, and being guided by its principles, including the principle of equity
and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national
Pursuant to the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action established by decision 1/CP.17 of the Conference of the
Parties to the Convention at its seventeenth session,
Recognizing the intrinsic relationship between climate change, poverty eradication and equitable access to
sustainable development, and reaffirming that responses to climate change should aim to meet the specific needs
and concerns arising from the adverse impacts of response measures,
Taking account of the specific needs of developing country Parties, and especially those that are particularly
vulnerable to climate-related events,
Also taking account of the specific needs and special situations of the least developed country (LDC) Parties as
set out in Article 4, paragraph 9, of the Convention, and the specific circumstances of small island developing
States (SIDS),
Emphasizing the need to respond to the urgent threat of climate change on the basis of the best available
scientific knowledge, in particular, the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,
[Noting that the largest share of historical global emissions of greenhouse gases has originated in developed
countries, that per capita emissions in developing countries are still relatively low and that the share of global
emissions originating in developing countries will grow to meet their social and development needs, ]
[Recognizing that Parties should take action to address climate change in accordance with evolving economic
and emission trends, which will continue to evolve post-2020, ]
[Emphasizing the importance of Parties promoting, protecting and respecting all human rights, the right to health,
and the rights of indigenous peoples, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable
situations and under occupation, and the right to development, in accordance with their obligations, as well as
promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women, when taking action to address climate change,]
Noting the needs and integrity of terrestrial ecosystems, oceans and Mother Earth,

Taking into account the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and
quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development priorities,
Recognizing the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular
vulnerabilities of food production systems to the adverse impacts of climate change,
Also recognizing the importance of the conservation and enhancement, as appropriate, of sinks and reservoirs of
greenhouse gases referred to in Article 4, paragraph 1(d), of the Convention, including through internationally
agreed approaches,
Affirming the importance of education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to
information and cooperation at all levels on the matters addressed in this Agreement, and recognizing the
importance of engagements of all levels of government and various actors, in accordance with respective
national legislations of Parties, in addressing climate change,
Have agreed as follows:

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