Last year’s COP21, the United Nation’s annual climate conference, represented a critical negotiating juncture for the world — a make or break conference that determined whether countries would be able to set aside their differences and address the most pressing issue the modern world has ever faced: global climate change.
COP21’s Paris Agreement, which enters into force on 4 November, calls for limiting average global temperature rise to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels at a minimum. But the fine details of how to do that have not been finalised. This year’s COP22, held from 7 to 18 November, will help determine what concerted actions are needed to avoid catastrophic and irreversible climate change.
IRENA is using this opportunity to promote policies and financial initiatives that will accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, and bring about the decarbonisation of the global economy. Through a series of high level events, called the Renewable Energy Track, IRENA and its partners are bringing together global influencers, decision makers, and key stakeholders at COP22 to discuss and share their renewable energy solutions.
Follow IRENA’s newsroom and social media channels to stay up-to-date with COP22 developments, and find a summary of the COP22 renewable energy events below.