United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Amina Mohammed (20 November 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met this afternoon with Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, to discuss the key issues related to climate, the environment, development and UN governance, as well as stability in the Sahel.

Mr. Le Drian and Ms. Mohammed underscored the importance of several future events in terms of strengthening efforts to combat climate change. COP24, which is due to take place in Katowice, should therefore make it possible to adopt rules for the implementation of the Paris agreement. The two “One Planet” events in Nairobi in March and in Biarritz in August will take place before the G7 summit and will provide an opportunity to work on issues related to the financing of the ecological transition, to biodiversity conservation and to the protection of the oceans.

Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed France’s support and active preparations for the 2019 Climate Summit organized by the UN Secretariat. In this respect, France is especially committed to promoting “green financing,” as demonstrated by the climate finance mandate entrusted to President Macron by the UN secretary-general in September. The minister also thanked Amina Mohammed for her support, from the outset, for the draft Global Pact for the Environment.

Mr. Le Drian and Ms. Mohammed also discussed development challenges in the Sahel and the work of the Sahel Alliance, in the run-up to an important meeting in Nouakchott on December 6.

Lastly, the meeting provided an opportunity to announce France’s €2 million contribution to the financing of the reform of the United Nations development system, led by the UNSG.