Laurent Fabius attended the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 21.
He took part in an event on climate and development, notably alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the prime ministers of Côte d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan, and of Norway, Erna Solberg and President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim. The discussions focused on the implementation of the Paris agreement and numerous initiatives driven by the private sector. In his capacity as COP21 president, Laurent Fabius reaffirmed the importance of innovation in clean technologies in order to achieve the objective outlined in the Paris agreement to limit temperature increases to less than 2°C. In order to achieve this goal, concrete initiatives are vital; these include the “Mission Innovation” project notably launched by France and the United States during the Paris Climate Conference, which involves doubling the budget for research and development in clean technologies by 2020.
Laurent Fabius also underscored that France is one of the world’s most innovative countries. He had the opportunity, alongside the prime minister, to meet with numerous young entrepreneurs with innovative projects.
On the sidelines of the forum, the minister notably met with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, with whom he discussed bilateral relations and key European and international issues.