World Environment Day – A pressing need for environmental and climate ambition (5 June 2020)


With the Covid-19 global health crisis, this year’s World Environment Day takes on a special dimension. More than ever, the international mobilization of states, civil society and the private sector must be stepped up in favor of the environment. The global economic recovery will have to be accompanied by an environmental and climate transition. A post-2020 global strategic framework for biodiversity will have to rise to the challenges. In addition, the climatic ambition of the States Parties to the Paris Agreement to reduce CO2 emissions is expected to rise by the end of the year.

On the European level, France is taking part in a green revival in the wake of the Franco-German initiative launched on May 18, and is actively working for the European Union to aim for - 50 to - 55% reductions of CO2 emissions in 2030 compared to 1990.

On this international day, France calls for more international efforts in favor of the seas and oceans, forests, lands, wildlife, and in favor of nature-based solutions to combat simultaneously global warming, the loss of biodiversity and land degradation.

France will play its part fully in prioritizing this ambition on the international agenda through the organization of the One Planet summit in Marseille on January 11, 2021, as well as the congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, its active participation at COP15 under Chinese presidency, and at COP26 under British presidency. Our action within the G7 and G20 will have this same ambition. Finally, on 12 November this year, France will organize, as part of the Paris Peace Forum, the mobilization of all public development banks to help preserve the environment.