Dana Lo


Meet the 8 Power Players to Watch at COP21

Here are a few negotiators and diplomats who could make or break the climate talks in Paris.

The U.N. climate summit in Paris has so many moving parts—so many events and “side events” and marches and exhibits—it can be tough to remember there are actual negotiations going on. Year after year, delegates from 196 parties gather to work toward a long-term global agreement on climate change. This year, at COP21, world leaders have promised a historic deal.

So how does that deal come to be? And who exactly makes it happen? Here are eight negotiators and diplomats who can make or break a deal. The figures themselves always represent something greater than the individual, and these names were chosen not just for their personalities, but for the country or convention or group of nation states they speak for.

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