Profiles

Please explore the remarkable stories of the people who created the Paris Agreement, and what it means for the future. Use the filters to guide you. This collection will grow in the coming months, so watch this space.

“Paris was a watershed moment. Strength and resolve landed the agreement. And many of those who led the way were some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met”

 

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Climate Change, Canada

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“The Paris Agreement has opened new horizons. In the future, might not areas as essential as biodiversity, water, health, access to data and migration be examined using methods inspired by the Paris Agreement? It is now both necessary and possible to base international negotiations in many different fields on three pillars: international agreement, voluntary commitments from States, and building alliances with civil society”.

Laurent Fabius, President of COP 21

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“The Paris Agreement was a hard-won outcome for our international community. We should cherish such a marvelous achievement and implement the Agreement with strong determination”

Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative on Climate Change, China

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The Paris Agreement is an opportunity to transform cities to be compact, connected, low-carbon and climate resilient, offering healthy, prosperous, safe and equitable communities for all citizens.

Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa

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Among all the facts and statistics, the summits and debates, it is essential for us to remember the human faces of those who suffer because of climate instability. We must choose to care; otherwise, we do not really care at all.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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“There is a misunderstanding that oil-producing countries are against the climate change principles or in denial of the impact of climate change. I don’t think this was at all in our minds”

Ali Al-Naimi, Fmr Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources

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