It was the end of August and the world was preparing to mark the 20th anniversary of the Paris climate agreement.
It was also the year of the first UN climate summit in the capital, New York.
But instead of a big, big moment, the next day’s talks were dominated by the UN General Assembly.
And it was on that day, in late September, that the first women in the UN’s climate-change arena took the stage to speak out.
In a statement to reporters after the event, they laid out their case for addressing the crisis: The world is facing a crisis of climate change.
We have an obligation to act to protect our planet.
It’s time to take action.
The UN’s leaders have repeatedly reaffirmed their commitment to climate action.
But there are still many barriers to achieving the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.
We are seeing an acceleration in the rate of temperature increase and a dramatic decrease in the amount of warming in the atmosphere.
This is not good news.
It means that while the world has reached its carbon budget, its ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases is significantly lower.
But the UN has also noted that, while we cannot stop all emissions, we can slow down or even reverse them.
And to that end, the UN is developing a new international treaty that would, among other things, limit the increase in CO2 emissions to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels and provide for a transition to low-carbon energy sources.
We believe that we can and must do better.
The next month was filled with high-stakes political and diplomatic talks and negotiations.
The stakes were high, the stakes were higher.
But when the UN leaders met in New York in September to announce the treaty, it was not the biggest news of the year.
The conference was a historic moment for the UN.
But this was also a moment of great promise.
Women’s voices have long been a voice of protest and dissent at the UN, and this year, for the first time, they would have a platform to speak directly about climate change and the effects of climate action on women.
This was a watershed moment for global climate diplomacy.
In fact, it will likely be the single most important political and policy decision the world will face in the next 50 years.
It could change everything about the world, and that’s a good thing.
But how did it happen?
What is happening now?
What does it mean for the next decade?
Here’s what we learned in the days leading up to the UN climate conference in New Delhi, and what we have learned since.
What are the UN women’s climate pledges?
The women’s pledges at the 2015 UN climate change conference in Lima, Peru, have been largely symbolic.
They were a small step toward women’s empowerment and inclusion at the global level, but they are a first step.
They are symbolic, but not binding.
They cannot be enforced.
And because they have not been ratified by a majority of countries, they are legally binding, meaning they can be challenged in international courts.
But they can also be withdrawn, so the global community can make a decision about their future.
And if the world doesn’t act now, the world is still on track to have a much worse future than we have now, said Maria Pina, director of climate strategy at the World Resources Institute.
But if the UN meets its 2020 target to limit the temperature increase to 2.7 C above prewar levels by the end.
That is still a long way off.
The 2030 goal is also still a lot lower than the 1.0 C goal the UN agreed to in Paris in December.
But even if the goal is met in 2030, that is still well short of the 2 C target the world needs.
How are women on the ground in developing countries?
The number of women participating in the global climate movement is still low, and the number of global leaders who are leading the fight for climate action is small.
The United States, for example, has no female ambassadors or high-level climate policy makers.
There are also a number of small, but growing, campaigns to change attitudes about climate action among women.
For example, the campaign called “No Fear” started in 2013 by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the granddaughter of former president Jimmy Carter, and it has since become a global movement.
Other countries are doing the same.
“The women in our coalition are getting more vocal,” said Catherine Zeta-Jones, president of the World Economic Forum.
Zeta, who is also a UN climate adviser, said she has met with women in Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil, China and Turkey.
The campaigns are also taking root in the developing world, with the UN working with the World Bank and other international development institutions to create climate change action networks.