Cancun Climate Change Conference

(November 29 to December 10, 2010)

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The 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16) and the 6th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP 6) will be held in Cancun (Mexico) from Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 10, 2010. These meetings will bring together 192 States and will take place a year after the Copenhagen Conference which did not result in a UN decision on the post-2012 regime to fight against climate change but concluded with a historical political agreement establishing in particular guidelines on continuing the process.

Negotiations continued throughout 2010 and allowed us to establish a possible compromise on a series of decisions relating to the most advanced areas of the negotiation:

- the fight against deforestation
- technology cooperation
- adapting to the effects of climate change and the role of agriculture

The negotiators should endeavor to make progress on the issue of quantified emission reduction commitments for each country, on long-term international financing, including in particular the arrangements for establishing the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund, and on the system to monitor commitments (“MRV”).

France, together with its European Union partners, is in favor of a step-by-step negotiation approach, based on the results of the Copenhagen Conference and on the Kyoto Protocol. It supports a second commitment phase in accordance with the post-2012 protocol, within the framework of a broader arrangement paving the way for a comprehensive international framework involving all of the major economies. The European Union will reaffirm its compliance with the financial commitments that it made in Copenhagen with the payment of the first annual installment of the €7.2 billion pledged under the early financing program which will extend until 2012, including €1.26 billion for France.

France is very keen for this new conference to lead to concrete conclusions within the framework of the United Nations, the only legitimate forum for these decisions. It lends its unwavering support to the Mexican presidency of the Conference as well as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres.

France will also endeavor to defend the interests of the most vulnerable countries, notably in terms of access to sustainable energy and adaptation to the effects of climate change.

Climate change policy and participation in the international climate change negotiations are one of France’s strategic priorities. The Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, will go to Cancun from December 6 to 7. Brice Lalonde, former minister, Ambassador responsible for Climate Negotiations, will lead the French delegation throughout the negotiations.

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