For a few days this December, the eyes of the world will be focused on climate discussions and the future of our Earth. World leaders will prepare a new international treaty at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. Over the past months, the European Union and 34 key priority countries have been working together to develop a Climate Diplomacy Action Plan prior to this important UN conference.
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In the lead-up to COP21, ICF Mostra has been involved in many ways. First by engaging stakeholders and building momentum for the conference by organising events in several countries across the globe. To name a few, the event held in Mexico City in early October, brought together approximately 50 civil society representatives from 9 Central American states. Organised in close collaboration with our PROI Worldwide partner FWD Consultores, this event helped develop a collective approach and increase synergies between participating groups in the fight against climate change. Also, a week of climate solutions (‘Semana do Clima’ - from 30 October to 6 November) was organised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with support of our PROI partner Imagem Corporativa. This was a massive event with company and organisation exhibits presenting climate solutions to citizens of Rio and a conference with world experts. More than 3,000 people attended the environmentally friendly event, which led by example by being paperless and ‘carbon-footprint-compensated’ (meaning trees will be planted to make up for the CO2 used).
In addition to events, ICF Mostra has produced four video clips for the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Climate Action to share information about the EU’s actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the adverse effects of climate change.
Finally, Horizon Magazine has been publishing a series of articles looking at the importance of reaching a deal in Paris. Our dedicated Horizon journalists learned that Europe could face mass migration due to climate change within our lifetimes, and if we are to cut back emissions, economic output needs to be measured by lifestyles rather than growth in gross domestic product (GDP). The articles have been grouped together into a special online supplement.