White Paper

Foley Hoag Climate Update: November 2015

November 10, 2015

The Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP, the Paris office of Foley Hoag AARPI and Matthieu Wemaere collaborated on the production of this white paper.


Only five weeks ahead of COP21, the Ad Hoc Working group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) – the subsidiary body of the UNFCCC – held its 11th Part of its 2nd Session in Bonn, Germany, from 19th until 23rd October. This was the last scheduled technical negotiating session before the Paris Conference.

After the September session of the ADP, negotiators agreed to build upon progress made on substance and to task the ADP co-chairs with producing a concise “non paper”. On October 5th, the ADP co-chairs released their “non paper”, including a draft Agreement and draft accompanying Decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC for the adoption and implementation of this Agreement, including for the pre-2020 period to prepare for its entry into force by stimulating efforts to fill in the ambition gap with respect to the emission trajectory required by 2020 in order to meet the “2°C objective” (i.e. between 8 and 10 Gigatons of CO2 eq. according to the UNEP Emission Gap Report 2014). 

Download the Foley Hoag Climate Update - November 2015 White Paper (.pdf).