COP21 promises "hope and solidarity" in Paris

As the world mourns the terrorist attacks of last week , French officials are resolutely moving forward with plans to host the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, or COP21, from November 30 to December 11.

Today, French President François Hollande confirmed the COP21 conference will go on: “We must continue – continue working, going out, living our lives, influencing the world. This is why the international climate conference will not only go ahead, but will bring hope and solidarity.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the decision reflects a consensus among world leaders. “No head of state or government has asked us to postpone COP21 – on the contrary, they all want to be there,” he stated. “COP21 is an essential event for the future of our planet, for humanity.”

Monterey Bay Aquarium stands with France, and world leaders, as they move forward with COP21. Some 40,000 conference attendees representing more than 190 nations — including the presidents and prime ministers of the United States, China, India and Russia — will convene outside Paris for the conference. We believe their negotiations on an international climate agreement will be a historic opportunity to create a better world.

Reprinted with permission from COP21 promises “hope and solidarity” in Paris