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About 150 countries are attending. High Representative Mogherini together with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, will join the leaders' event on 30 November.
The Paris conference is aiming to achieve a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all countries, with the objective of keeping global warming below 2°C and boosting the transition towards low-carbon and climate-resilient societies and economies. The High Representative warned on several occasions on the impact of climate change on our lives and on security. She and her colleagues are committed to immediate action and to lead towards a strong and binding agreement.
The EU is a global leader on climate change. It is the first region with binding targets, and is on track to be the world leader in renewables. From 1990 to 2013, EU emissions declined 19% while GDP grew 45%. The EU plays an important role in international climate negotiations and has set strict goals for the international agreement on climate change - mainly for reaching clear, fair and ambitious targets and holding all countries accountable. The EU - through the Council - has set goals for keeping global warming below 2°C and for global greenhouse gas emissions to peak by 2020 at the latest. It also defined the elements the EU will be defending for the Paris international agreement:
The conference in Paris is also an opportunity for side meetings. The High Representative held formal bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister of Canada, the King of Jordan, the President of Brasil and the President of Peru. She also met with the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of Afghanistan, the African Union Chairperson and the Foreign Ministers of Morocco, Iraq, Paraguay and Chile.