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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

November 30 - December 11, 2015
Paris-Le Bourget site, Paris, France
Breaking News:
December 12, 2015
Welcom Paris agreement Eiffel in Globe December 12, 2015 - UNFCCC COP21 Agreement by 195 states is a reality!

"Welcome to a New World of "Paris" Climate Action"

.. Important step forward, even though it is NOT perfect.
by Gunnar Boye Olesen

Read evaluation of the Agreement: here.
The INFORSE network was represented at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC by about 20 member organisations. INFORSE's participation was marked by an exhibition stall and 3 side events. An official side event (December 3) in the so called "Blue Zone", and side events at the Climate Generation Area, which was open to the public organised by the French Government (December 8, and 10).
UNFCCC COP21 INFORSE Exhibition at the UN Conference Building
BLUE ZONE: 30 November -11 December 11, 2015
Exhibition at  COP21 2015

INFORSE had an Exhibition Stall at the UN Conference building organised together with All India Women's Conference (AIWC), and the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.

The exhibition featured activities of INFORSE members including working on 100% Renewables scenarios in Europe, and pro-poor, low-carbon development in villages in South Asia.

INFORSE brochures were available in English, French and Spanish as paper and as Q-R code download.

The featured publications included Sustainable Energy News, Policy Briefs from Projects, the first edition of the Eco-Village Development Publication, ZeroCarbonBritain.

The exhibition was a meeting place, and the eye-catching eco-village model increased the interest of many visitors.
See pictures from the Exhibition and the representatives of the INFORSE members. PDF file (pdf 0.5 MB, 1 page).

Date: 3 December, 2015 - Time: 16:45-18:15
Title: Fair Low/Zero Carbon & 100% RE Strategies, South & North Countries, Villages, including Women Initiatives
Showcase low and zero emission strategies and scenarios with 100% renewables, women's initiatives and eco-village development solutions for poverty reduction in Europe, Africa and South Asia, as ways for operationalising the Paris Agreement and the pathways leading from it.
Organisers: International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE); All India Women's Conference (AIWC), India; Association NegaWatt, France; Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy (NFVE), Denmark.
Download the Program December 3, 2015 (1 page 160kB) Note: This event was part of the official side event of the UNFCCC COP21 Conference. The presentations are also available at the UNFCCC web site.

Read on INFORSE's side events at the Pre Conference of SBI 42 in Bonn in June 2015. --- Share:

Dec 3 2015 cop21 panel  Gunnar Olesen, Yves Marignac, Kevin Anderson, Usha Nair, Paul Allen Welcome: Setting the Scene of Zero Carbon Transitions in North and South by prof. Kevin Anderson PDF file (pdf 1.9 MB)

Presenting Zero-Carbon and 100% Renewable Energy Scenarios

Moderator: Usha Nair, AIWC, India
Transition of the UK to a Zero Carbon society in 20 year by Paul Allen, Center for Alternative Technology (CAT), UK PDF file (pdf 1.8 MB)
How France can move to 100% renewable energy, with energy efficiency and sufficiency, by Yves Marignac, negaWatt, France PDF file (pdf 1 MB)
100% Renewable Energy by 2030-2040 for EU and 10 EU countries with Focus on Denmark by Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE / VE, Denmark PDF file (pdf 1.0 MB)
Getting Ready for Zero. How zero carbon modelling & toolkits can support by Isabel Bottoms, Track0 and Paul Allen, CAT, UK PDF file (pdf 1.2 MB)
COP21 Dec 3 2015 panel Gunnar Olesen Mahmodul Hasan Ganesh Shresta Namiz Musafer, Kavita Myles Eco-Village Developments:
Moderator: Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE
Key Parts of Climate and Development Solutions by Kavita Shriya Myles, INSEDA, INFORSE South Asia PDF file (pdf 1.0 MB)
Integrating into Local Developments by Namiz M. Musafer, IDEA, Sri Lanka PDF file (pdf 1.5 MB)
Extending Successful Local Energy Solutions by M. Mahmodul Hasan, Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh PDF file (pdf 0.9 MB kB)
Using to Reconstruction of Villages after the Earthquake by Ganesh Ram Shresta, CRT, Nepal PDF file (pdf 2.0 MB)

PUBLICATION and POLCY BRIEF: Eco-village Development as Climate Solution, Proposals from South Asia PDF file Policy Brief (0.5MB), Link to Project and Publication.

Low-Carbon Development Strategies & Focus on Women
Moderator: Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE
West Africa: Energy for Productive Use with Local Resources by Djiminique Nanaste, ENDA/INFORSE-West Africa PDF file (pdf 2.0 MB kB)
In South Asia, Focus on Women and Poverty Reduction by Kalyani Raj, All India Women's Conference (AIWC), India PDF file (pdf 1.4 MB)

Short dialogue on promotion of pro-poor low-carbon and gender focused decarbonisation.

Read more: Policy Brief and Project at INFORSE South Asia and at INFORSE Africa


Date: 10 December, 2015 Time: 11:15-12:45

COP21 side event Dec 10 2015

Title: Getting Ready for Zero Emissions and 100% Renewable Energy: Plans and Scenarios to Pave the Way
- Setting the scene - the Demands of the Science by Prof. Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre University of Manchester PDF file (pdf 1.03 MB)
Who is Working on Getting to Zero and 100% Renewable Energy Plans and Modelling?
- 100% Renewable Energy Plans for Countries, Regions and Cities by Anna Leidreiter, World Future Council PDF file (pdf 0.9 MB)
- Turning France to Renewable Energy by Yves Marignac, negaWatt, France PDF file (pdf 1,4 MB)
- National & EU-wide Transitions to 100% Renewables with Good Economy by Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE/VE Denmark PDF file (pdf 1.2 MB)
- Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen by Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology, UK PDF file (pdf 4.2 MB)
- Zero Carbon Australia by Stephen Bygrave, Beyond Zero Emissions, Australia PDF file (pdf 1.9 MB)
- The Realized 100% Renewable Energy Transition of Thy in Denmark by Preben Maegaard, Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, Denmark PDF file (pdf 2.9 MB)
Bringing Plans and Scenarios into the Climate Strategies Beyond Paris:
- What does the Paris Agreement Mean for Climate Strategies after Paris? Developing a Zero Practitioners Network by Isabel Bottoms, Track 0 and by Paul Allen, Center for Alternative Technology (CAT) Wales, UK PDF file (pdf 0.9 MB)

Download:PROGRAM, December 10, 2015 (1 page, pdf)
Organisers: Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, Denmark (lead) and NegaWatt, France in cooperation with INFORSE-Europe / SustainableEnergy, Denmark; Center for Alternative Technology, UK; and Track0.

The event was open to the public. See the Program also at

COP21 December 10 panel

Date: 8 December, 2015, Time: 11:00-12:30

Title: Promoting Pro-Poor Low Carbon Development Pathways with Gender Focus

Organisers: AIWC, India (lead), INFORSE, CAN and others.

Download: PROGRAM, December 8, 2015 (1 page pdf)

Moderator: Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE

Usha Nair, All India Women Conference / INFORSE-South Asia
Isaac Kabongo, CAN Uganda
Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE
Sarah Strack, CAN-International
Ari Huhtala, representative of LEDS
Anoop Poonia, CANSA


This event was open to the public.
See the Program also at

Read more:
Pro-Poor and Low-carbon Strategies Policy Brief and Project at
- INFORSE South Asia and
- INFORSE Africa

CG COP21 side event Dec 8 Gunnar Olesen, Isaac Kabongo, Usha Nair, Sarah Strack
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30 November - 11 December, 2015:
COP21 of the UNFCCC, Paris, France.

Read more:
- List of UNFCCC Side Events including INFORSE-AIWC-Folkecenter-
NegaWatt side event (December 3.)
- List of UNFCCC Exhibitors including INFORSE-AIWC-Folkecenter exhibition stall (November 30 - December 11).
- Submissions of INDC reports.
- UNFCCC COP21 Logistics, Reports.

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JOIN VIRTUAL MARCH with Your Own Slogan! "Donít Nuke the Climate", Paris, France.
The Campaign was launched by WISE, NIRS, WECF, Reseau "Sortir du nucleaire", BI Luchow-Dannenberg, Ecodefense, and Global 2000.
Read more on the Campaign, the March in Paris, Virtual March with online banner with your own message, and sign the Petition on the website of WISE.
  28 & 29 November, 2015: Mass Climate Demonstrations in European Capitals
Read more at:
  12 December, 2015:
Demonstration at the Eiffel Tour, Paris

See INFORSE's Participation at Previous, Present, and Following UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP):
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, Poland, 2018
- INFORSE at UNFCCC SB48, in Bonn, Germany, April 30-May 10, 2018
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn/Fiji, 2017
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, 2016
- INFORSE at UNFCCC SBI44 PreCOP22 in Bonn, Germany, 2016
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris, France, 2015.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC SBI42 PreCOP21 in Bonn, Germany, 2015
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima, Peru, 2014.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, 2013.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 18 in Doha, Qatar, 2012.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 17 in Durban, South Africa 2011.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP16 in 2010 in Cancun, Mexico.
- INFORSE at UNFCCC COP15 in 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- INFORSE's Position Paper on Climate Change (INFORSE's Position pdf file 99 kB) at the start of COP15, 7 December, 2009.
- INFORSE's brief analysis of the outcome of COP15 (INFORSE's Analysis pdf file 64 kB), 21 December, 2009.
- INFORSE at COP14 in 2008 in Poznan, Poland.

See other INFORSE participation at UN Conferences