The United Nations Agreement on Climate Change reached by 195 nations at the Conference in Paris on the 12th of December 2015 is perhaps one of the most important international agreements of our time. The text of the document includes emphasis on the importance of education for raising awareness and motivating to action. Several PERL-UNITWIN partners participated in the COP21 and the International Environment Forum organized two side events at the Climate Generation part of the conference.
The first side-event dealt with “Implementing Climate Change Commitments” and focused on accountability. The second event was entitled “Values-Based Climate Change Education” and presented, among other things, the PERL values-based indicators toolkits.
The aim of the convention is, "enhancing the implementation" of the UNFCCC through:
"(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;
(b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production;
(c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development."
Countries furthermore aim to reach "global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible".