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Cancún climate summit

Cancún climate summit

Published on December 13, 2010
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, December 12, 2010

President Sarkozy has noted the agreement reached in Cancún, signalling his hope that it will be a stage on the road to negotiating a global and legally binding agreement to fight climate change.

He expressed his satisfaction with the broadening of the support base for the Copenhagen Accord, concluded a year ago, and particularly with the commitment of all to work towards setting a global, long-term target for reducing CO2 emissions in order to limit global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

President Sarkozy also hailed the two main decisions at Cancún: the agreement reached on the fight against deforestation – an area where France, in association with Norway, has made a great efforts throughout this year – and the creation of the Green Fund, for which financing equal to the international community’s ambitions will now have to be adopted.

Finally, the President is keen to congratulate Mexico on her effective work throughout the year, as well as her ability to emphasize multilateralism, to which France is greatly committed, and to preserve the unity of the international community. He signals his confidence in South Africa’s chairing, in Durban at the end of next year, of negotiations for an ambitious agreement to secure the continuation beyond 31 December 2012 of the international system for fighting global warming, and he already assures her of his full support./.

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