France’s action in climate negotiations


The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - better known as COP - is the main multilateral discussion framework on climate. At the negotiations, France is represented by a delegation comprising experts from several ministries and agencies, including the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, as well as a European Union delegation. This EU delegation negotiates on behalf of all EU Member States, with a team made up of experts from the European Commission and national ministries, including from France.

In addition to its contributions to multilateral negotiations, France is also working bilaterally for the climate. It is an issue which is always discussed during meetings between the President of the French Republic and his counterparts. Furthermore, through its bilateral aid, France is helping developing countries, especially the most vulnerable ones, to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.

Since COP21, the implementation of the Paris Agreement has been a foreign policy priority for France and the European Union which are fully mobilized.
Against this backdrop, France’s priorities are:
To encourage the implementation of the national commitments and meet climate goals in all fields. The goal is to bring the trend of greenhouse gas emissions into line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement (which aim to keep temperature rise to under 1.5-2°C);
To promote the exemplarity of the work of France and the European Union, in particular reaching the climate neutrality of our economies by 2050. This requires increased efforts by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
To support climate science and the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to shed light on collective choices;
To work on speeding up the mobilization of public and private financial flows, and ensuring they are directed towards projects that will help us reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement
To help the most vulnerable developing countries to fight climate change, particularly through the work of the French Development Agency and the Green Climate Fund;
To work with civil society, businesses and cities to work with ambition towards the Paris Agreement through concrete initiatives.