U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is joining President Barack Obama and other Cabinet officials to represent the U.S. at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) climate negotiations in Paris.
During her visit in the first week of December, Jewell will lead discussions at the U.S. Center related to what the U.S. and partners are doing to help communities adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
On Dec. 1, Jewell will lead a panel discussion on climate resilience, focusing on shared challenges and opportunities, from the Arctic to the Pacific Islands. The next day, she will head a panel that explores innovative ways developing countries are addressing climate change mitigation and carbon sequestration in diverse landscapes, including wetlands and grasslands.
Both panels will be live-streamed, and additional information can be found here.
COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, convenes world leaders to achieve a global agreement to address the pressing issue of climate change. The U.S. is seeking an agreement that would reflect ambitious climate targets from participating countries, solidify a long-term framework to encourage countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and mobilize financial and technical support for low-carbon development and climate adaptation.