1st Anniversary of COP21 & the adoption of the Paris Agreement
To celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change adopted at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) on 12th December 2015, the French Embassy in India organized the screening of a series of documentary films on climate change issues, sustainable development and climate solutions in the network of Alliances Françaises in India, from 10th to 12th December 2016.
As part of this initiative, the French documentary, “TOMORROW”, was screened in Delhi on Monday 12th December 2016, at the Alliance Française de Delhi, M.L. Bhartia Auditorium.
The screening was followed by a Q&A session with the audience chaired by Mr Hervé Dubreuil, Deputy Director - French Development Agency (AFD), and Ms Radhika Khosla, Fellow - Centre for Policy Research.
Similar events were organized throughout India with the support of the Alliance Française network in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, from 10th to 12th December 2016.
What if showing solutions, telling a story that does us good, was the best way to resolve the ecological, economic and social crises that our countries are experiencing? Following the publication of a study announcing that part of the human race could disappear by 2100, French film makers Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent set off to seek transition initiatives in order to grasp the challenges and solutions to avert this disaster.
From France to Reunion Island, via India, the USA, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden and Iceland, the film crew met pioneers who reinvent agriculture, energy, the economy, democracy and education. By piecing together these positive and already proven concrete initiatives, they show us how tomorrow’s world could be.
This movie has been supported by the French Development Agency (AFD) as the issues raised in this film directly echo the sustainable development challenges which are central to AFD’s mandate. The Agrinergie project in Reunion Island for the construction and operation of a plant of photovoltaic agricultural greenhouses, financed by AFD, is highlighted in the film.
Agence Française de Développement (AFD), a public development finance institution that implements the policy defined by the French Government, works to fight poverty and promote sustainable development. AFD operates worldwide via a network of 72 agencies. It finances and supports projects that improve living conditions for people, boost economic growth and protect the planet. In 2015, AFD committed 8.3bn euros to financing projects in developing countries and for overseas France. Since 2005, AFD has committed 21bn euros to climate-smart projects in developing and emerging countries.
In India, AFD has been operating since 2008, by developing cooperation actions for sustainable development and the fight against climate change. It has committed more than 1.3bn euros over 8 years in three main focuses for cooperation, tailored to the Indian Government’s priorities: sustainable and integrated urban development, energy efficiency and renewable energy development, and conservation of the country’s biodiversity and natural resources.