International climate negotiations – Doha (November 26 to December 7, 2012)
Doha will host, from November 26 to December 7, 2012, the 18th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.
These conferences constitute the main instruments of the multilateral climate negotiations. They reflect the collective awareness of the efforts that must be taken to limit the increase in temperature to 2° by the end of the century, in accordance with the international community’s commitments in Copenhagen in 2009.
Given the urgent need to take action against climate change, the states must, in Doha, build on the results achieved at the Durban conference in 2011, and notably make progress toward a future international legal regime to combat climate change which will include all the major emitters by 2015 and which will enter into force by 2020 at the latest.
France and its European partners must also adopt in Doha an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment period of which expires at the end of 2012. Indeed, even though it only covers a portion of global emissions, the protocol remains, to date, the only legally binding international instrument that includes greenhouse gas reduction targets.
France and its European partners are calling for renewed commitment for the period 2013-2020. This extension would ensure the continuity of the international regime until the entry into force of a new global agreement in 2020. This is also consistent with the European commitments undertaken with the framework of the energy-climate package adopted in 2008 under French presidency.
France is aware of the numerous challenges posed by climate change and is resolutely committed to pursuing an environmental and energy transition at the national level. It plans to actively contribute to the international community’s efforts. We are fully mobilized, alongside our partners - notably our Qatari partners -, in order to ensure the success of the Doha conference and pave the way for the most ambitious agreement possible in 2015.