25 April 2016

The Signing of the Paris Climate Agreement

The official signing ceremony of the Paris Climate Agreement took place in New York on 22 April. France called upon the whole world to translate this historic agreement into a series of actions to deal with the emergency, since recent months have been the warmest experienced in the past 100 years. It has called for every country to ratify the agreement as soon as possible; the French Parliament, for its part, will be asked to authorise the ratification by the summer.
Content published under the Government Valls III from 2016 11th February to 2016 06th December
 
During the official signing ceremony of the Paris Climate Agreement in New York on 22 April, France called upon the whole world to translate the agreement into actions to deal with the emergency, since recent months have been the warmest experienced in the past hundred years: 
 
  • 12 December 2015 was a historic day for the international community. Despite the context of the Paris attacks, the world recognised its responsibilities and came together to make the agreement reached a symbolic act for the rest of the world.
 
  • The agreement itself is historic. Never in the history of the United Nations has it been possible to bring together 170 States to sign an agreement. This is therefore more than a commitment; this text will now irreversibly become part of international law.
 
  • This hope will compel the international community to go even further than the commitments that have already been made. The declarations made must be turned into actions, because the emergency is still there: in recent months, a number of disasters have occurred in the Fijian Islands, famine persists in Africa, water levels in Lake Chad continue to fall… France has issued a warning regarding the destruction of ecosystems, with 20 million hectares of forest going up in smoke every year in South-East Asia, Latin America and Africa.
 
The next stage after the signing of the agreement is having it ratified, with the aim of obtaining 55 States accounting for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Everyone should feel that this concerns them, since although no-one is solely responsible, everyone has to achieve something:
 
  • France has called for every country to ratify the Paris Agreement as soon as possible.
 
  • The President of the Republic will ask the French Parliament to authorise the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the summer.
 
  • France wants the European Union to set an example by the end of the year to ensure that the agreement can come into force as quickly as possible.
 
France has the drive and is taking action:
 
  • The funding that was key to the Paris Agreement must be mobilised: $100bn by 2020, and more if possible, to enable everyone to set an example, and developed countries in particular. This is what France aims to achieve by increasing its annual climate funding from €3bn to €5bn by 2020.
 
  • France will increase its involvement in the fight against desertification by funding adaptation to climate change. This will take the form of both donations and loans.
 
  • Putting a price on carbon must now be the primary commitment with regard to redirecting investment and adapting both companies' and consumers’ choices. It is for this reason that France has committed to setting a carbon price, first in France, then in Europe and indeed throughout the whole world as soon as possible. This will be a pre-requisite to the emergence of a new economy.

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