Climate – Africa – Annick Girardin’s participation in the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (Cairo, March 4, 2015)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will visit Cairo from March 4 to 5 to participate in the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment.

In line with the Manila call to action launched by President Hollande and his Philippine counterpart on February 26, Annick Girardin will underscore the need to take effective action to promote solidarity and justice. The agreement anticipated in December in Paris must meet the expectations of all countries, especially the most vulnerable countries. It must facilitate a reduction in emissions consistent with the 2°C target, but it should also enable countries to adapt to the effects of climate disruption, notably through adequate funding.

Africa is the continent that has contributed least to greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s also one of the continents that are suffering most from the consequences, notably in terms of desertification, rising sea levels and deforestation.

During her visit, Annick Girardin will also meet with the Egyptian environment and cooperation ministers, and will discuss development and climate disruption issues with French-speaking students.