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A View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Members of civil society call on negotiators to 'choose hope' by limiting global temperature increase

On Tuesday, 8 December, the joint Conference of the Parties (COP)/Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) high-level segment continued throughout the day, with statements by ministers and other heads of delegation.

Under the COP Presidency, negotiations advanced on the draft Paris Outcome in various settings, with minister-led informal consultations, bilaterals and party-led breakout groups under the Comité de Paris, convening throughout the day on: support: means of implementation (MOI) (finance, technology and capacity building); acceleration of pre-2020 action (workstream 2, excluding pre-2020 finance); adaptation, and loss and damage; and differentiation, in particular with regard to mitigation, finance and transparency; ambition, including long-term goals and periodic review; facilitating implementation and compliance; preamble; forests; cooperative mechanisms; and response measures.

Informal consultations and contact groups continued throughout the day under the COP and CMP to finalize decisions on their agenda items.

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High Level Segment


Delegates arrive at the plenary for the second day of the high level segment


Ardeshir Contractor, Business and Industry NGOs (BINGOs)

Yves Marignac, Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs)


Ulrich Sumptoh, Local Government and Municipal Authorities

Aboubacar Albachir, Indigenous Peoples

Luis Miguel Etchevehere, Farmers NGOs


Titilope Ngozi Akosa, Women and Gender

Nor Lastrina, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs)

Olav Fykse Tveit, Faith-Based NGOs


Events throughout the Day


Press briefing with ministers of the BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, India and China - on the state of the negotiations


COP 21 Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Focus on Business event: global business community comes to
Paris with solutions for taking on the climate challenge across the board


UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Executive Director Achim Steiner

US Secretary of State John Kerry


Panelists for the special high-level briefing by the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport


Winston Jordan, Minister of Finance, Guyana; Kenrick Leslie, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; and
Raphael Trotman, Minister of Governance, Guyana, finalize a grant agreement with the
Green Climate Fund (GCF) to ensure future cooperation between the partners


COP Negotiations


UN security guards stand at the entrance of the closed negotiations under the Comité de Paris


Christo Artusio, US

Representatives from the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) meet informally between sessions


Hakima El Haité, Minister of Environment,
Morocco, speaks with a delegate

Rachel Kyte, World Bank


René Orellana and Juan Hoffmaister, Bolivia

Delegates from Bangladesh speak informally


Civil Society Actions


Members of the Women's Development & Environment Organization advocate for climate and gender justice


Friends of the Earth International express disappointment at the lack of attention on loss and damage in the negotiations


At the largest civil society action at COP 21, Climate Action Network (CAN) advocate for crucial steps
to be taken to avoid a doom scenario for the planet




The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations hold signs indicating the impacts of climate change on health



Youth from SustainUS advocate for intergenerational equity, with the statement 'don't bracket our future'


YOUNGO members advocate for 100% renewable energy by the year 2050


Members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition demand for countries to commit climate finance for adaptation and mitigation


Around the Venue


An activist involved in a civil society demonstration


ADP Co-Chair Daniel Reifsnyder, US, and Jonathan Pershing, US

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends a high-level event
with UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner (left) and
US Secretary of State John Kerry (right)


Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Belgium

Annelies van Gaalen and Nancy Williams, International Institute
for Sustainable Development (IISD)


Bill McKibben, 350.org

A spectator films a civil society action


Musicians Aaron Silk and Adrian Martinez perform at the Caribbean Pavilion


The Nordic Pavilion in the exhibition area


Signs at the German Pavilion in the exhibition area




A water fountain display at the Indian Pavilion


Media interviews conducted throughout the day


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