The Road to Paris: COP21 Dialogues
In the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) in December this year, the Embassy of France in India is organizing a monthly seminar series, entitled: “The Road to Paris: COP21 Dialogues”.
New Delhi, 23 March 2015
Open to the public and hosted in partnership with various Indian think-tanks and NGOs, this seminar series provides a platform to address a range of themes and issues that are relevant to the upcoming negotiations in Paris: sustainable energy access; adaptation to climate impacts; technology development and transfer; financing mitigation and adaptation; climate change and health and sustainable architecture. The seminars seek to facilitate dialogue on these themes from the perspective of Indian stakeholders.
The Embassy of France in India is inviting speakers from various backgrounds and with different opinions to foster debate and dialogue. The conversations from the seminar series will be compiled in a report which will be released before COP21 so as to provide greater visibility to opinions of Indian stakeholders on issues pertinent to the global climate negotiations.
The maiden session of this conference series, entitled “Energy for All: how can India pursue its goal of providing energy to all sustainably?”, took place on 23rd March 2015 at the Embassy of France in India.
This first session of the cycle was organised in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), with Mr J.M. Mauskar, Member, Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, as moderator.
This session took up issues pertaining to the development of energy production, energy efficiency and energy access in India. It highlighted India’s initiatives and policies in this regard, especially in the field of renewable energy. It brought out concrete ideas and initiatives from Indian on energy production, consumption and energy access, in the context of the international negotiations on climate change.
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Paris in December this year. An effective and equitable international agreement will be critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to 2 degree Celsius and for supporting adaptation to climate impacts. France, as the host and chair of the COP21, is committed to the role of an impartial facilitator for forging an ambitious agreement at COP 21.