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Official speeches and statements - August 24, 2016

Published on August 24, 2016

1. Italy - Earthquake - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris - August 24, 2016)

The earthquake in the region of Umbria, in the centre of Italy, which killed more than 20 people and wounded many others, causing extensive damage, is a terrible tragedy.

The President expresses to Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, the solidarity and affection of the whole French people.

France stands ready to lend the Italian authorities all the support which might prove necessary in the coming hours and days.

2. Climate - Ratification of the Paris Agreement - Communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs (Paris - August 23, 2016)

On 4 August 2016, Mme Ségolène Royal, President of COP21, and Mr Salaheddine Mezouar, future president of COP22, sent a letter to all the governments which signed the Paris Agreement on the climate.

A special meeting will be held in New York on 21 September during the United Nations General Assembly, on the initiative of Ban Ki-moon and Ségolène Royal. It will enable those parties which have completed their ratification processes to deposit their instruments.

The Paris Agreement on the climate will come into force 30 days after the instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession have been deposited by 55 countries accounting for 55% of global emissions.

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