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A View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France (center), elected as the COP 21/CMP 11 President,
is welcomed by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres
and COP 20/CMP 10 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru

On Monday, 30 November, in the morning, the opening of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place. The Leaders Event commenced with an opening session followed by two parallel sessions in the morning, afternoon and evening to hear statements by heads of state and government.

In the evening, spin-off groups under the 12th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12) took place on: preamble, purpose (Article 2) and general (Article 2bis); technology development and transfer (Article 7); capacity building (Article 8); implementation and compliance (Article 11), the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement (CMA) (Article 12) and final clauses (Articles 13-26); and workstream 2.

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Members of civil society demonstrate outside the venue before the first day of COP 21 begins

COP 21 Opening Session

L-R: His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; COP 20/CMP 10 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru; June Budhooram, COP Secretary; Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary; and Johanna Lissinger Peitz, COP 21/CMP 11 Rapporteur

UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Christiana Figueres

COP 20/CMP 10 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru

COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France

Delegates during the opening session of COP 21

Leaders Event

Delegates during the Leaders Event

President François Hollande, France

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

President Barack Obama, US

President Xi Jinping, China

President Horacio Manuel
Cartes Jara
, Paraguay

President Ismail Omar Guellah, Djibouti

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt

Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany

President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico

President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania

President Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation

President Evo Morales, Bolivia

President Tomislav Nikolić, Serbia

President Anote Tong, Kiribati

President Christopher Loeak, Marshall Islands

King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, Jordan

President Emomali Rahmon, Tajikistan

President Benigno Aquino, the Philippines

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada

Delegates during the Leaders Event

Leaders Arrive at the Venue

UN security block off the area as world leaders enter the venue

Prime Minister David Cameron, UK, and
His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales

President Jacob Zuma, South Africa

President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe (third from right)

Leaders inside the venue

Around the Venue

Delegates enter Le Bourget, Paris

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair Hoesung Lee, Republic of Korea; David Grimes, President, World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Carlos Martin-Novella, IPCC Deputy Secretary; and Bruce Stewart, Acting IPCC Secretary

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of
the African Union Commission

Khalid Muhammed Abuleif and Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia

Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany, sits with
President Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation

Kishan Kumarsingh, Trinidad and Tobago

President Michelle Bachelet, Chile

President Barack Obama, US

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