The European Commission has underlined the crucial importance of reaching a fair, ambitious and legally binding global climate deal at the landmark summit. The European Union will be working to achieve a comprehensive, durable and dynamic agreement that will accelerate the global shift to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies. This will not only help curb climate change and increase societies' efforts to adapt to its impacts, but also underpin long-term economic growth and sustainable development in the EU and globally.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will both participate in the conference, along with other world leaders.
The EU's vision of a credible agreement includes:
The EU will be represented in the negotiations in Paris by Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of Environment for Luxembourg, which currently holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, and Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.
Commissioner Arias Cañete said: "This is it. Paris is a historic opportunity that we cannot miss. Now we must translate the momentum we have seen on the road to Paris into an ambitious, operational, legally binding agreement. More than 170 countries, covering over 95% of global emissions, have already unveiled their climate pledges ahead of the conference. This is a real game changer. It is also clear evidence of governments' shared sense of urgency and political determination to make Paris the beginning of a new chapter in climate action. But there is no room for complacency – the credibility of the deal will depend on these key elements: a long-term goal, regular reviews to increase ambition over time and strong transparency and accountability rules."
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