COP20 1-12 Dec 2014 Lima, Peru / ©: Kevin Schafer

COP20 1-12 Dec 2014

About COPs


The Conference of the Parties (COP), will be held in Lima, Peru in December 2014. The COP is the main decision-making body of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The main task of the COP is to assess the effects of actions taken by the 198 member countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The COP meets every year.

About COP20

COP20 will be held in Lima, Peru in December 2014. This meeting has a heighted urgency in that it is the last meeting before the COP21 in Paris where world leaders are expected to conclude a global deal on climate. Certain outcomes are necessary to ensure readiness of the member governments to conclude a new deal. To this end, there are a number of events being held in the run up to COP20, including high-level Ministerial meetings being held in June in Bonn, and the UN Secretary General's Climate Leaders' Summit in New York in September. 

 About the Social Pre-COP

The Pre-COP is a meeting of ministers that happens before the COP to allow a further opportunity for discussion and interaction. This year, Venezuela has decided to hold a social pre-COP where Ministers will have an opportunity to listen and engage directly with civil society. The Social Pre-Cop will be held in Caracas, Venezuela from 4-7 November 2014.

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