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27 January 2017

France remains mobilised on behalf of the climate

France remains mobilised to combat climate change. This is the spirit in which a new steering committee has just been set up to implement the Paris Agreement.
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As guardian of the “Paris spirit”, France remains mobilised to achieve its aims and contribute to the fight against climate change. Which is why, on 26 January, COP21 President Ségolène Royal convened the new steering committee for implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Paris Aggreement Implementation (infographic) 

The new steering committee’s missions

After two intensive years of COP Presidency, which enjoyed twofold success with the adoption and coming into force of the Paris Agreement, France and the French climate team are still fully mobilised. Nothing is settled yet, and we must go on actively upholding the climate cause in France and on the international scene, in a context marked by the return of climate scepticism.
In order to stay mobilised, it would seem useful to maintain the Climate Steering Committee, which is now devoted to implementation of the Paris Agreement. Because we have reached this new stage, centred on action and implementation, France wishes to open up the steering committee to new members: ADEME, Expertise France, Alliance Océan-Climat, Alliance Bâtiments, Alliance Eau et Climat, Coalition Transports and the I4CE ideas laboratory.
The French climate team has an international calling, the continued promotion of the aims and values upheld during the nation’s COP presidency. The new Steering Committee should provide an opportunity for exchange and coordination to continue furthering this ambition, with all ministerial departments concerned, operators, NGOs, and stakeholders in the action agenda.

France’s post-Marrakech priorities

The momentum created by COP21 continues: the Paris Agreement has been ratified by 127 countries, ever-more numerous non-State actors are mobilising (cities, companies and private investors), renewable energies (solar and wind power) are making rapid headway on the market and green finance is becoming widely deployed.
This being so, France will continue to uphold the values it has promoted, with six objectives:
  1. Defending climatology and scientists’ role in guiding public action in attenuation and adaptation policies.
  1. Consolidating the Paris Agreement, aiming for universal ratification and finalisation of this multilateral framework for action and cooperation in 2018, with adoption of rules in line with the letter and spirit of the Paris Agreement.
  1. Rekindling the ambition of national commitments, in particular in the European Union, following an ambitious “facilitating dialogue” in 2018, in order to get back on track with the 2°C ceiling.
  1. Supporting implementation of national commitments, with incentive polices, mobilisation of public and private funding, and support to developing countries, including for adaptation to the effects of climat imbalance.
  1. Consolidating the action agenda and non-State actors' commitment to the climate process, in order to support innovation and strengthen ambition.
  1. Pursuing the debate on carbon tariffs and subsidies for fossil energies (500 billion USD).
In order to speed up the required transition to greenhouse gas-neutral economies and prevent a resurgence of climate scepticism, France will be able to rely on its national exemplariness in deployment of effective climate diplomacy:
  • Within the European Union, to bolster the ambitions of European commitments and ensure that the EU is a leading light in the 2018 facilitating dialogue and drafting of the agreement’s rules.
  • In the multilateral forums in which France participates, such as G7, G20 and the Security Council, to ensure that climate continues to be treated as a major global issue.
  • In more forceful bilateral dialogue with major actors (China, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, South Africa, Germany, the United Kingdom and G77), in order to maintain the commitment of all parties to the multilateral process and instigate dialogue with the United States.
  • In the multilateral climate process that contributed to COP21's success and in which France will be able to lend support to future presidencies and enable new convergences for implementation of the Paris Agreement.
  • In all countries where France is present, to keep up exacting dialogue on climate policy and accompany their transition to greenhouse gas-neutral economies, relying on bilateral climate funding and the knowhow of French companies.
  • In the action agenda's various initiatives and coalition to which it is party, as a Government or through French stakeholders, to strengthen the commitment of non-State actors and support ambition and innovation.
The Steering Committee's roadmap also encompasses such aspects as negotiation of the European climate and energy package, the question of green bonds, the French Agency for Development’s climate strategy and projects, support for work carried out by the IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and speeding up the action agenda (including via Alliance Océan-Climat, renewable energy initiatives in Africa, and the International Solar Alliance).
A report by the General Commission for Sustainable Development and the Economic Council for Sustainable Development will be delivered to Steering Committee members at the end of January. The first Council for Economic Analysis has also presented an analytical note entitled "Commerce et climat, pour une réconciliation" (Reconciling Trade and Climate).

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