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Schatz Attends Climate Talks in Paris

December 7, 2015, 1:27 PM HST
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United States Senator Brian Schatz traveled to Paris with nine other senators to attend the Conference of Parties, or COP21, also known as the Paris Climate Talks over the weekend.

Senator Schatz meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo courtesy Office of Senator Brian Schatz.

Senator Schatz meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo courtesy Office of Senator Brian Schatz.

During the visit, Senator Schatz had a private meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, officials from the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau, Chief Executive Officers from international corporations, and other world leaders.

Talks at COP21 focused on combating the global threat of climate change, including the importance of international agreements, the imminent impact islands face, and the position of U.S. support for delivering on its commitments to address climate change.

Senator Schatz meeting with Todd Stern, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change. Photo courtesy Office of Senator Brian Schatz.

Senator Schatz meeting with Todd Stern, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change. Photo courtesy Office of Senator Brian Schatz.

Nearly 200 leaders from around the world attended the Paris Climate Talks, making it one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in history.

The Senate delegation participated as observers of the United Nations Framework Convention in Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties. In addition, the delegation delivered messages of support for the United States’ objectives in attaining strong cooperative outcomes that will further curb greenhouse pollution beyond 2020.

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Senator Schatz is a member of the Senate Climate Action Task Force.

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