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Climate disruption/COP21/China/national contribution

Published on July 2, 2015
Statement to the press by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, President of COP21 (excerpts)
Paris, June 30, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Chinese Premier is going to be meeting the French Prime Minister, and he’s had lunch with the French President. We’re going to discuss and sign a whole series of agreements which are extremely important and are going to further strengthen the link – the economic one, particularly – between China and France.


There’s another very important aspect: China, which is the world’s number one greenhouse gas emitter – i.e. the number one responsible for CO2 – has decided to make its national contribution public in Paris. I’ve studied this contribution, since I’m going to be chairing COP21; it’s very important because China is pledging that its greenhouse gas emissions will peak before falling again by 2030 at the latest. Other measures are very positive: for example, there are 40 million hectares of what’s called afforestation, i.e. new areas for forest; there’s the prospect of a national carbon market being set up, which is a very positive initiative, in 2016 or 2017.

It’s very important because it means China is confirming its commitment to fighting climate disruption.

The fact that China made its contribution public on the Premier’s trip to Paris signifies how much we are preparing COP21 together, China and France side by side. (…)./.

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