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Paris Climate Conference/national contributions

Published on October 6, 2015
Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, President of COP21

Paris, October 5, 2015
COP21: 146 countries have submitted their national contributions

I warmly welcome the publication, in the space of a week, of more than 70 new national contributions (INDCs), in particular those from India, Brazil and South Africa, but also from countries such as Costa Rica, Butan and Burkina Faso. Twenty-three of these contributions have benefited from technical support provided by the French Development Agency. This brings to 146 the total number of contributions presented to date, two months before the Paris conference. The contributions submitted now cover more than 85% of global greenhouse gas emissions. These remarkable results are a major step towards the adoption of a universal climate agreement in Paris.

Contributions presented up to 1 October will be factored into the summary report on the global effort, to be presented by the Climate Convention Secretariat on 1 November. Initial estimates indicate that these contributions would put us on a trajectory of below 3ºC, demonstrating both the efforts made to prevent the most pessimistic scenarios and those still to be made to remain below 1.5 or 2ºC.

I invite every country which still has not submitted its contribution, especially the major emitters, to do so as soon as possible, in order to contribute to an ambitious and fully successful Paris Climate Conference./.

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