The 196 countries that gathered in Paris for COP21 finally reached a new climate agreement on December 12th.
This agreement is extremely encouraging and sets the bar high for the ambition needed to address climate change. It is not perfect but it provides key elements for successful international cooperation, emission reductions, and mainstreaming climate change in the development agenda. The details of the agreement include:
Beyond the agreement, the main achievement of this COP is that it has brought together politics, businesses, and civil society to agree on a common goal. In addition, the link between development and climate change is now a given and the quantification of health and social benefits of low-carbon development projects will reinforce this connection.