What is the Paris Agreement?

The Paris Agreement

2020 UN Climate Change Agreement

What is the Paris Agreement?
The COP 21 Paris Agreement was agreed in December 2015 and went into effect in November 2016. 

The aim of the convention is to: 
> Hold global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels (aim of 1.5 °C), to significantly reduce the risks/impacts of climate change;
>Increase ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change/climate resilience (without impact on food production);
> Make finance consistent with low greenhouse gas emissions/climate-resilient development.

Each country sets "nationally determined contributions" (NDCs) reported on every 5 years and Article 3 requires them to be "ambitious", "represent a progression over time" and set "with the view to achieving the purpose of this Agreement". 

You can read some of the NDCs submitted to date here: