for a globally engaged Iowa

A division of the United Nations Association

Iowa, the United Nations, and Climate Change

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The 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) met in Paris in early December, 2015.  The conference, sometimes called the Climate Summit, drew 50,000 people, of whom 25,000 were delegates from nearly 200 countries.

The Summit produced the Paris Agreement, which establishes a process for future progress.  186 countries have submitted targets for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the use of fossil fuels.  The targets are flexible and may be revised in future years and the agreement establishes procedures for transparency and reporting.  The agreement provides financial support to developing countries for adaptation to climate change, although not as much as hoped.  The Paris process recognizes the role of all stakeholders, including governments at all levels, the private sector, and civil society in combating climate change.

In 2016 the Iowa UNA will continue to advocate in support of policies that advance the goals and results of COP21. We will work in cooperation with a wide range of Iowa organizations and individuals to address the climate emergency and to implement the newly adopted Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which link the eradication of poverty and hunger with the need to mitigate climate change.


The Iowa United Nations Association is a non-profit organization seeking to engage Iowans globally through educational programming for youth and adults, humanitarian relief drives, and unique celebrations of our global interconnectedness.  Iowa UNA is a grassroots member-driven organization and could not succeed without the support of members like you!


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