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Climate disruption/COP21

Published on August 24, 2015
Interview given by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to the weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche
Paris, August 23, 2015

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Q. – On Tuesday, speaking to the ambassadors, the French President will be emphasizing COP21 in Paris. The countdown has begun…

THE MINISTER – COP21 will be the most enormous diplomatic conference ever hosted by France, with 20,000 delegates and 20,000 guests. We have 100 days left to succeed. An agreement in Paris is essential. It will literally shape our lives and our children’s lives. What’s at stake is not only the temperature of the globe but also humanity’s ability to feed itself, the importance of migration, and finally peace or war.

All the crises we’ve just mentioned, however serious they may be, have geographical and temporal limits. Global warming, of course, has no limits, either in space or time: that’s why global action is vital and urgent. The President is playing an active role. I myself have the mission of coordinating preparations for the conference and chairing it. What an extraordinary challenge./.

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