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Climate change – Bangladesh – Syria

Published on January 7, 2014
Press briefing by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman (excerpts)

Paris, January 7, 2014

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

M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today receive Ms Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. M. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, will take part in 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 so that they set out, as swiftly as possible, their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ratify the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, and establish the Green Climate Fund in 2014.

Bangladesh – General election – Violence

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

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



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

THE SPOKESMAN – As reaffirmed by Resolution 2118, unanimously adopted by the Security Council, the objective of Geneva II is the negotiation of a political transition involving a transitional government established by mutual consent and possessing full executive powers.

All countries participating in the conference must subscribe to this objective. (…). /.

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