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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, September 4, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

Climate – Second informal ministerial consultation meetings in Paris (September 6 and 7, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, future COP21 President, will host the second informal ministerial consultation meetings on September 6 and 7 in order to prepare for the Paris Climate Conference.

Laurent Fabius decided to host informal consultations in order to support, at the political level, the process of negotiating the main topics under discussion. The first consultations took place on July 20 and 21 and provided an opportunity to discuss the overall balance of the agreement, its level of ambition and the degree of differentiation that should be retained in order to take the situations and levels of development of the various UN member states into account.

The goal of the consultations on September 6 and 7, which will bring together around 60 delegations including around 40 ministers, will be to focus on the key issues in the negotiations, namely:

  • the means of implementing the agreement: financing, transfer of technology and capacity building;
  • adaptation to climate disruption and the issue of loss and damage.


Cameroon – Attacks (September 3, 2015)

France condemns the two suicide attacks perpetrated on September 3 in Kerawa which killed several dozen people and injured more than 150 others. This region in northern Cameroon has already been hard hit by terrorism.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and reaffirm our wholehearted solidarity with the Cameroonian authorities and people.

France stands alongside Cameroon and the states engaged in the fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad region.


Climate - Culture – Inauguration of the exhibit "60 Solutions against Climate Change" by Annick Girardin, minister of state for development and Francophony (September 3, 2015)

Annick Girardin, minister of state for development and Francophony, is inaugurating the exhibit "60 solutions" today in front of the Quai d’Orsay. [Photographer] Yann Arthus-Bertrand and two classes from the Lycée Turgot in Paris are attending the ceremony.

This traveling exhibit, in partnership with the French Development Agency and the GoodPlanet Foundation, features 60 photographs that present innovative and effective solutions to climate disruption.

It has given rise to more than 100 events since the beginning of the year and has attracted more than 200,000 viewers in France and worldwide.


European Union – Economic diplomacy - Harlem Désir attending Evian Franco-German Meetings (September 4-5, 2015)

Harlem Désir, minister of state for European Affairs and secretary-general for Franco-German cooperation, will take part in the Evian Franco-German Meetings on September 4 and 5.

Each year, the Evian Franco-German Meetings bring together some 40 heads of large companies from both countries. Designed to strengthen ties between companies and foster discussions on the economy and the international financial situation, they reflect the dynamism of the Franco-German partnership. Manuel Valls is this year’s guest of honor.

Mr. Désir and his German counterpart, Michael Roth, will review such urgent European issues as migration, growth, energy, and climate.


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