CMA – Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement

CMA is the short form for the group of the countries who have signed and ratified the Paris Agreement. The full name of this governing body is “Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement”. Meetings of this group are numbered and called “CMA1” etc. The first meeting of the …

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High Ambition Coalition

The High Ambition Coalition logotype. Source: Miguel Arias Cañete on twitter (@MAC_europa)

During the UN climate negotiations (and sometimes other UN meetings) countries join together in groups to achieve greater power. The “High Ambition Coalition” is such a group, and was first seen at COP21 in Paris. Its members are a bit unclear, with claims ranging from all 28 EU countries, USA and another 79 countries, mainly poor …

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COP – Conference of the Parties

Logotypes for the last 12 COPs.

COP stands for Conference of the Parties. It is the name of the governing body of the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC). It is also the name of the annual meetings of the countries who are parties to the convention. They usually take place in late November/early December and they are numbered. That means COP22 is …

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Espinosa, Patricia

Patricia Espinosa at COP16 in Cancún 2010. Source: UNFCCC

Patricia Espinosa is the new Executive Director for the United Nations’ climate body UNFCCC. She will take office after current Director Christiana Figueres leaves on 6 July 2016. Espinosa is Mexico’s ambassador to Germany and was earlier Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Mexico. She also led the UN climate change talks COP16 in Cancún 2010.

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