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On August 28, at the Annual French Ambassadors Conference in Paris, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, stressed the importance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21/CMP11) that his country will host at the end of 2015, where governments have agreed to reach a new, universal climate change agreement. Mr Fabius said:

We need to get a legally binding agreement. This is the first goal and not an easy one. Afterwards, every country will make pledges, there will also be essential finance dimensions, such as the Green Climate Fund and carbon pricing.

He also stressed the importance of this year´s UN Climate Conference COP20/CMP10 to be held in Lima, Peru, in December. Fabius made these remarks during a Conference session alongside Mary Robinson, UN Secretary General Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Ms Royal underlined the role and responsibility France has ahead in the climate talks both at the European and international levels. She also highlighted the importance of the energy transition law the French Parliament will debate, in October.

As central a part of this diplomatic event, earlier on Thursday, French President François Hollande gave an important foreign policy speech in which he referred to climate change as “this century’s major challenge”. 

Mr Hollande will attend the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York, on 23 September. While there, Mr Hollande said he will announce his country’s strategy for action ahead of the Paris UN Climate Change Conference. He also said that France will participate in the Green Climate Fund before the end of this year. Ahead of the New York UN Climate Summit, he said:

I give my support to the World Bank´s initiative on carbon pricing. Pollution must have a cost, if we want to point investments towards clean and efficient energy

Watch President Hollande's speech below (in French). (His remarks on climate change come in at 43 mins, 45 secs)

Photo credits: MAEDI/F. de la Mure.

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