A critical difference was that a more significant number of women were in leading positions. In the picture, Christiana Figueres (2nd from the left) led UNFCCC, the UN climate organization, and Laurence Tubiana (on the left), the lead negotiator for France, the host country of COP21.
There was more diversity in leadership with women at the World Bank and other UN entities. In a small event, close to the end of COP21, we reflected that these women leaders drew the attention of all participating countries to the relevance – and benefits – of agreeing and acting in a common interest.
I had a chance to speak and share these views and vividly remember the wave of emotions that went through that room and that you could see bursting out into joy the next day when the Paris Agreement was born.