COP21 Negotiating Texts Project


tl;dr: let’s make the key negotiating text for the international climate change conference accessible and usable both to the public and the negotiators.

We’re working here: - public site at

COP21 is he 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, taking place in Paris in December 2015.

Paris is the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - hence COP21. Delegates from 195 countries will negotiate with the aim of reaching agreement on the timetable and actions to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a level that limits the global average temperature increase to “below 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”.

There are high hopes that this conference may be the first to deliver a new binding agreement to succeed the 1992 Kyoto. In particular, in Durban in 2011, all countries agreed that an “outcome with legal force … and applicable to all parties, would be adopted at the conference in December 2015.”

The Problem

  • The key negotiating texts are locked up in PDF
  • Hard to follow the changes
  • Hard to compare alternatives
  • Hard to know who is pushing which alternatives

The Solution

A lightweight simple website presenting:

  • Final draft text
  • Latest negotiating texts
  • Nice markdown and html
  • Annotation (via hypothesis)
  • Diffs (if we can get round to it)