A woman holds a sign reading "100% clean energies" during the Global Climate March in Bogota, Colombia, on November 29, 2015, on the eve of the UN conference on climate change COP 21, to take place in Paris. AFP PHOTO/GUILLERMO LEGARIA
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COP 21: No, the three letters have nothing to do with the Danish capital, Copenhagen, where one of the most famous, or perhaps infamous, climate conferences was held in 2009 .It stands for Intended Nationally Determined Contribution and refers to the climate pledges that countries have made ahead of the Paris conference.Voluntary emissions-curbing pledges that will form the backbone of the new climate deal, due to take effect in 2020 .The ADP is a subsidiary body created in Durban, South Africa, in 2011 for negotiations on the universal climate agreement that's supposed to be adopted in Paris.PRE-2020 AMBITION: This refers to actions taken by countries to limit greenhouse gas emissions before the Paris agreement would take effect in 2020 . This part of the discussions is meant to remind big polluters that the Paris deal doesn't mean they're off the hook for another five years.
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