First preparatory meeting for the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change (June 17, 2013)
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, chaired, at the Quai d’Orsay on June 17, the first Steering Committee meeting to prepare for the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) to be held in Paris in 2015.
First preparatory meeting for the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change (Photo : MAE/F. de La Mure)
The Steering Committee meeting provided an opportunity to review the status of UN negotiations and to establish the initial guidelines in order to prepare for COP 21, in coordination with the presidencies that will precede us – Poland and Peru. Throughout this process, this committee ensured that the views of experts from civil society - whose involvement in the preparations for the conference will be crucial to its success in 2015 – are sought.
The main purpose of COP 21 will be the conclusion of a new international climate agreement, applicable to all countries after 2020. Preparations for it are well under way. France’s bid to host this conference was approved by its regional group at the UN in April, paving the way for an official nomination at the COP in Warsaw in November 2013. The Paris Le Bourget site has been chosen as the venue to host the conference.
This committee, hosted by Mr. Laurent Fabius, brought together Ms. Delphine Batho, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, Mr. Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of France for the Protection of the Planet, and Mr. Jacques Lapouge, Ambassador responsible for Climate Negotiations.