Security concerns and geopolitical tensions surrounding the Middle East look set to dominate the United Nations (UN) Conference on Climate Change in Paris starting on Monday but experts believe there is still a will to find an agreement on limiting harmful emissions.
Commonly known as COP 21 – or to give its full name, the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – the event starts on Monday and lasts until December 11, will see over 130 heads of state and government from around the world gathered in Paris to discuss the threat posed by climate change and measures to combat it.
Environmental damage is not the only threat likely to be on the agenda, however. A series of terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago, carried out by members of the so-called Islamic State militant group, are also likely to make the event a tense meeting of nervous leaders worried about global geopolitical security and stability.
A state of emergency was declared in Paris and Brussels following the attacks as a manhunt for further suspects continues. Capitals throughout Europe remain on high alert due to fears of a "serious and imminent" threat from terrorism as the conference goes ahead.