France welcomes the publication of the IPCC’s 5th report (September 27, 2013)
Laurent Fabius, minister of foreign affairs, Philippe Martin, minister of the environment, sustainable development and energy, and Pascal Canfin, minister delegate for development, welcome the unanimous adoption, in Sweden, of the first volume of the IPCC’s fifth report, which confirms the dramatic reality of climate change: The first decade of the 21st century (2001-2010) was the hottest since 1850. The increase in the average temperature of the earth’s surface, rising sea levels, and the acceleration of the melting of glaciers are proven to be indisputable scientific fact.
France is mobilizing its efforts to establish a global pact on the climate in 2015 that will commit all stakeholders to limiting greenhouse gases in order to keep temperature increases below 2°C by 2100. A forum – “Climate change: from scientific data to political action” – will be held at the Quai d’Orsay on September 30, and will be attended by the IPCC president, Dr. Pachauri, as well as scientists and civil society actors. It will be France’s kick-off for mobilization ahead of the international Paris climate conference in 2015.