British MPs, Dr Lisa Cameron (SNP Member of Parliament, East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow), Craig Williams (MP for Cardiff North) and Steve Double (Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay) have been discussing climate resilience and the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (#COP21) during a visit to Kenya.
On hand to meet the visiting politicians were British High Commissioner to Kenya, Doctor Christian Turner and representatives from Christian Aid Kenya.
The Conference of Parties (COP), is taking place later this year on 7- 8 December at Stade de France in Paris.
The first COP took place in Berlin in 1995 and significant meetings since then have included COP3 where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, COP11 where the Montreal Action Plan was produced, COP15 in Copenhagen where an agreement to success Kyoto Protocol was unfortunately not realised and COP17 in Durban where the Green Climate Fund was created.
In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.