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Twenty-second Ambassadors’ Conference/climate disruption

Published on September 2, 2014
Opening speech by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic

Paris, August 28, 2014


Lastly, we will host a major event at the end of 2015: the Climate Conference. Every day, every minute even, the consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly devastating. They trigger disasters, population displacement, political instability and deadly conflict.

The entire government, and I mean the entire government, is mobilized. This is the challenge of the century. I also want to pay tribute to the action of Nicolas Hulot, who, alongside me, is bringing together civil society initiatives, i.e. businesses, researchers and citizens on all continents to focus on this issue.

In September, I will attend the summit of the heads of state and government devoted to climate change convened by Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations. At the summit, I will announce France’s action plan to prepare for the 2015 Conference, COP21. I have already lent my support to the World Bank’s carbon pricing measures, because if we want to redirect investment towards energy efficiency and clean energy, then there must be a cost for pollution. France will also participate in the long-awaited capitalization of the Green Climate Fund by the end of this year.

If we want to convince people – it isn’t easy, we shouldn’t forget the stinging defeats in Copenhagen; no doubt as a result of the method, but also because of the reluctance and resistance of certain countries – we have to set an example in France and set an example in Europe.

We are doing so in France, because this autumn, Mme Royal, Minister of Ecology, will present the energy transition and green growth bill. Both phrases are important. The energy transition can play a key role in mitigating climate change. But green growth must also be achieved, since these strengths are key to our own economic development.
Europe will very soon – by the end of the year – have to outline its energy and climate policy goals for 2030.

Ambassadors, I ask you to make COP21 a key priority. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will explain to you, throughout the day, how to achieve that. (…)./.

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