Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 7, 2014)

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Paris, January 7, 2014)
Bangladesh – Parliamentary elections - Violence
Syria


Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Paris, January 7, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today receive Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development will attend this meeting.

Climate change reminds us of the urgent need for a universal agreement on limiting the average temperature rise to 2°C, the maximum threshold recommended by the scientific community. France is mobilized to secure an ambitious agreement at the Conference on Climate Change due to take place in Paris in December 2015.

The discussions with Ms. Figueres will provide an opportunity to take stock of the mobilization of all states parties with respect to setting out, as swiftly as possible, their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the ratification of the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, and the establishment of the Green Climate Fund in 2014.

 

Bangladesh – Parliamentary elections - Violence

France is closely monitoring the situation in Bangladesh, following the holding of elections marked by violence and a very low voter turnout.

We call on all parties to demonstrate calm and restraint and encourage the main political forces to resume dialogue within the framework of the country’s democratic institutions.

 

Syria

Tehran is at present not included in the list of those invited to attend the peace conference on Syria on January 22. Are you generally in favor of its presence or not?

As reaffirmed by resolution 2118, unanimously adopted by the Security Council, the objective of Geneva II is the negotiation of a political transition involving the establishment, by mutual consent, of a transitional government exercising full executive powers.

All countries participating in the conference must subscribe to this objective.