Environment – The Arctic - Jean-Marc Ayrault’s participation in the presentation of the national roadmap for the Arctic (June 14, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, chaired an event on June 14 to present the national roadmap for the Arctic; the event was attended by Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister and Ambassador responsible for Polar Issues, as well as scientists, elected representatives, and representatives of businesses and NGOs.

This roadmap is the culmination of the work conducted under the leadership of Michel Rocard since 2013 to strengthen France’s contribution to international cooperation in this region and to better coordinate our efforts with our partners, notably the five Arctic littoral states (the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway and the Russian Federation). France is actively involved in this issue, notably within the Arctic Council’s forum for intergovernmental cooperation and several technical and scientific forums.

The Arctic region, which is changing rapidly as a result of retreating ice caused by global warming and the eventual opening up of new oceanic routes, is of great scientific, environmental, economic and strategic interest. France calls for the application of high environmental standards with respect to this unique ecosystem.

Image Diaporama - Photo : F. De la Mure/MAEDI

Photo : F. De la Mure/MAEDI

Image Diaporama - Photo : F. De la Mure/MAEDI

Photo : F. De la Mure/MAEDI

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