The civil society, cities and regions expect that necessary ambitious, fair and binding decisions will be adopted at the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 in the form of a "universal deal". In the recent years the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) have been very active in the field of climate change, following the global climate negotiations; organising hearings, conferences and opinions, as well as participating in delegations at the UNFCCC COPs to present positive examples and develop global partnerships through side events and bilateral meetings. Both institutions have also been encouraging and mobilising their members to upscale their engagement towards climate action.
On 19 November 2015 the EESC and the CoR organised a conference in Brussels entitled "Civil society, cities and regions preparing for the COP21 and beyond". This meeting aimed to demonstrate the mobilization of these actors for COP 21 and their concrete action on climate as well as promoted strong messages contributing to the shaping of the global climate agreement. The event was an occasion to channel, just a few days before the Paris conference, the information about the state of negotiations and main positions of international stakeholders. It also featured good cases of territorial action on climate to inspire participants to embark on clean and sustainable pathways. Lastly, this event aimed to start the debate about translating post-Paris framework into a renewed strategy and propose concrete ideas on civil society's role in the implementation of the global agreement.