Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna is attending the COP27 in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, from November 6 to 8 as part of the delegation led by President Macron.
Today, she is attending the launch of the Climate Club established by the German G7 presidency, an initiative to decarbonize industry and apply ambitious emission standards everywhere. German Chancellor Olaf Sholz will be present at the launch. The minister will meet with France’s interministerial negotiating team and young delegates invited by France. She will also take part in an event on water organized by the Egyptian COP27 presidency. Indeed, France is working to ensure that water security is a key part of international climate action.
At a round table focusing on the role of international trade and climate action organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the British COP26 presidency, the minister will reaffirm France’s view that global trade must be compatible with the need to protect the environment and the climate and must respect social norms.
As President Macron stated at the COP27, France and its European partners remain committed to combating climate change and they are fulfilling their pledges in terms of reducing emissions and contributing to financial solidarity, despite the energy crisis caused by Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.
At a ceremony for the victims of the 2004 air crash in Sharm el-Sheik, the minister honored the memory of the 148 people who were killed, including 135 French nationals. Then-Foreign Minister Renaud Muselier also attended the ceremony, as did South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda,
Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is also in Sharm el-Sheik. At an event yesterday attended by African Union president Macky Sall and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, she reaffirmed France’s commitment to helping African nations adapt to climate change. She also underscored France’s support for a fair energy transition through bilateral and multilateral partnerships with Rwanda, Vietnam and Egypt. At a number of specific events, she reaffirmed France’s commitment to several multilateral initiatives: the One Planet Data Hub, which promotes transparency on climate action by businesses; CREWS, which is developing early warning systems worldwide; and ocean preservation.
France is assuming its share of the financial efforts dedicated to climate solidarity in line with the commitments we made in Copenhagen and Paris. By allocating €6 billion per year, including €2 billion for adaptation, France is fully contributing to the collective investment of $100 billion per year.