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Laurence Tubiana, COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres;
and COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France;
celebrate the adoption of the Paris Agreement

Following intensive overnight consultations and bilaterals, the Comité de Paris reconvened at 11:51am for the presentation of the new draft Paris outcome.

COP 21 President announced that after extensive consultations a draft final Paris outcome had been prepared, telling parties "the world is holding its breath, it counts on all of us." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parties to have the courage to grasp this opportunity. President François Hollande said "France calls upon you to adopt the first universal agreement on climate," stressing delegates "have the opportunity to change the world."

After giving delegations time to review the text, at 7:16pm the Comité de Paris commenced. The Comité heard the report of the legal committee and the Secretariat presented a list of technical corrections to the text. The Comité then forwarded the text to COP 21. COP 21 convened and at 7:29pm COP 21 adopted the Paris Agreement and associated decision (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1). The floor was then opened for statements on the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

COP 21 closed at 12:28am and CMP 11 closed at 12:33am, after considering their final agenda items.

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Adoption of the Paris Agreement and Closing Statements


Laurence Tubiana, COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon;
COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France; and President François Hollande, France,
celebrate the adoption of the Paris Agreement


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France,
gavel the adoption of the Paris Agreement



Delegates applaud the adoption of the final agreement




Hakima El Haité, Minister of Environment, Morocco

Carole Dieschbourg, EU


Julie Bishop, Minister of
Foreign Affairs, Australia

Mehmet Emin Birpınar, Turkey

Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa


Selina Leem, Marshall Islands

Claudia Salerno, Venezuela


Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change, China

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Paul Oquist Kelley, Nicaragua


Ian Fry, Tuvalu

James Fletcher, Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Saint Lucia



Final Negotiations


UN security stands guard as delegates huddle to finalize negotiations


COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France, speaks with members of the Secretariat

June Budhooram, COP Secretary; Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary; and Marcela Main Sancha,
ADP Secretary


COP 21 leaders discuss informally


Members of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) huddle during the final negotiations


Delegates from Ethiopia

Delegates from China and Tuvalu discuss informally


Delegates gather during the final negotiations

Artur Runge-Metzger, EU; Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Palau; and Kishan Kumarsingh, Trinidad and Tobago


Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, South Africa

René Orellana, Bolivia; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; and Abdullah K. Tawlah, Saudi Arabia

Peter Betts, EU; and Xolisa Ngwadla, South Africa


Members of the newly-formed High Ambition Coalition enter the plenary


Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of the Environment, Nigeria, speaks with former US Vice President Al Gore

Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy for
Climate Change, greets delegates


Delegates during plenary


Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy
for Climate Change

Delegates from Tuvalu

Hugh Sealy, Nauru, speaks with a delegate


Comité de Paris Morning Plenary


View of the dais as Comité de Paris is opened in the morning


COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France

President François Hollande, France

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


The COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency thanks COP 20/CMP 10 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal,
Minister of Environment, Peru, for his leadership over the years


COP 21 leaders meet informally

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres speaks with
COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister,
France, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France, thanks parties for their support


Members of the newly-formed High Ambition Coalition enter the plenary with Tony de Brum, Minister of
Foreign Affairs, Marshall Islands, and US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern


US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India

Xie Zhenhua, Minister, Vice-Chairman, National Development
and Reform Commission, China, speaks with
the Russian Federation delegation


The South African and German delegations meet informally

The delegation from Kuwait


US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa

US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern speaks with Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia

Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change, China, speaks with Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India


COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius,
Foreign Minister, France, greets delegates from Sudan

Delegates meet informally


Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of the Environment, Nigeria, speaks with Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, South Africa

The youngest attendee of the Comité de Paris


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