Climate – « Informal ministerial consultations » [fr]

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, COP 21 President, is hosting on July 20 and 21 the first “informal ministerial consultations” to prepare for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference that will take place in December.

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Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, COP 21 President, is hosting on July 20 and 21 the first “informal ministerial consultations” to prepare for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference that will take place in December.

Laurent Fabius decided to organize a series of informal conferences to support, at the political level, the process of negotiations on the main themes under discussion.

The goal of the “informal ministerial consultations,” which are bringing together around 40 delegations including about 30 ministers, is to discuss the overall balance of the agreement, its level of ambition and the degree of differentiation that should be retained in order to take into account the situation and levels of development of the different UN member states.

Statement by Laurent Fabius

‘This first informal ministerial consultation on climate, jointly organized by Peru and France, presidents of COP 20 and 21, has witnessed progress on the way to the adoption of an ambitious agreement on climate at the end of the year in Paris.

A mere 132 days before the COP, the aim of the informal consultation on a ministerial level was to strengthen the political impetus on the main issues of the coming agreement.

I welcome the attendance of more than 40 foreign delegations - including 26 at a ministerial level - from all negotiation groups. I would like to commend the contents of the discussions during those past two days.

The meeting was constructive. All participants are involved to find compromises on the main political issues. The discussions were focused on several delicate matters, for instance how to build a plan to stay under 1,5 or 2 degrees or how to reflect the differences between countries. Every country has talked about its commitment to do its best to make a success of the COP 21 in Paris. That means build a new agreement, universal and legally binding, aiming to stay under 1,5 or 2 degrees, strengthen adaptation capabilities and mobilize the means to implement it (finance, technologies, capacity building) in order to attain those objectives.

The objective is ambitious but I am confident. We are all aware of the challenges and are resolutely focused on finding the necessary solutions.

I shall prepare the French presidency according to the following watchwords : transparency, ambition, compromise.’

Published on 22/07/2015

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