French Minister Laurent Fabius visits India [fr]
H.E. Mr Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, visited India, first leg of pre-COP21 consultations tour.
New Delhi, 20 November 2015
Mr Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, was in India on Friday, 20 November 2015.
This visit was undertaken in his capacity of incoming Chair of the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21/CMP11), which will be held from 30 November to 11 December 2015. This trip to New Delhi constitutes the first leg of Mr Fabius’ tour for holding a series of consultations in South Africa, Brazil and Canada to prepare for the COP21 meet.
Mr Fabius was accompanied by Ms Laurence Tubiana, Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations and Special Representative for COP21.
During this visit, Minister Fabius met Indian authorities regarding the preparations for COP21. He also discussed the joint launch by President François Hollande and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the International Solar Alliance proposed by India.
An effective and equitable international agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius and for supporting adaptation to climate change impacts.
France, as the host and chair of COP21, is committed to the role of an impartial facilitator for forging an ambitious agreement.