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Ségolène Royal, President of COP, committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement

I have the honour to have been appointed president of COP. In this capacity and as part of my ministerial duties, I am fully committed to ensuring the implementation of the Paris Agreement, at all levels - international, European and French.

The priorities during my term of office will be as follows :

1. To fast-track the signing and ratification of the Paris Agreement. The signing ceremony to take place in New York on 22 April 2016 at the invitation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations will be an important moment for mobilisation of all Parties, the agreement being due to enter into force following ratification by 55 countries accounting for 55% of greenhouse gas emissions. I will ensure that France ratifies the agreement as quickly as possible.

2. The preparation of the decisions implementing the Paris Agreement. This will be the subject, in Bonn in May, of the first meeting of the group responsible for preparing these decisions. I also will organise informal meetings at ministerial level, the first being held in April.

3. The promotion of action by States and non-governmental stakeholders before 2020.The 70 sectoral coalitions launched at the Paris Conference must be implemented :

  • the International Solar Alliance,
  • Mission Innovation, bringing together public and private stakeholders committed to increasing their funding of clean technologies
  • the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition,
  • the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative,
  • the CREWS initiative for the widespread implementation of disaster early warning systems,
  • the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction,
  • the Global Geothermal Alliance,
  • commitments in respect of electro-mobility, and the 7000euro electric vehicle,
  • the Pact on Water,
  • the actions for the protection of the oceans.

4. The control of greenhouse gas emissions in air transport, maritime transport, hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant gases, where progress must be achieved in international bodies to contribute to global emission reductions.

5. At European level, the rapid implementation of the 2030 climate and energy package, so that the European Union remains at the forefront of the fight against climate change. I have put forward proposals to my European partners for the establishment of a price “corridor” on the European carbon market, to incorporate a carbon component in European countries’ energy taxation systems, to encourage the introduction of carbon pricing outside the European Union, and to take the necessary measures to combat carbon leakage.

6. At national level, I will accelerate efforts to promote green growth, in conjunction with all ministries, thanks to the energy transition law for green growth, the law for the protection of biodiversity, nature and landscapes adopted at first reading in parliament, the mobilisation of the energy transition financing fund to support positive energy communities, as well as compliance with France’s commitments to abolish state export assistance for coal-fuelled power plants and the increase in France’s international annual funding for the climate from three to five billion euros.