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French Ambassador to Bucharest at “Eco-friendly Martisor, “Paris Climat 2015” Against Climate Change” event: “Future of the planet at stake at COP21 in Paris”

The 21st Conference of the Parties on climate change (Paris Climat 2015), scheduled to take place in December, will decide the planet’s future in what concerns climate change, Francois Saint-Paul, French Ambassador to Romania, stated on Tuesday at the “Eco-friendly Martisor, Paris Climat 2015 Against Climate Change” event.

“We have before us a challenge we have taken up, namely putting a stop to global warming. Which could surpass approximately 4-5 degrees Celsius by 2100. What do 4-5 degrees Celsius mean in the Danube Delta, the Carpathians or in the cities? It means drought, change in the migration of birds. The possibility of finding solutions in order to lower the rise in global temperatures from 4-5 degrees to 2 degrees Celsius will be discussed at the 21st Conference of the Parties that will take place in Paris. The main message is that the future of the planet will be at stake at COP21 in Paris in 2015,” the French ambassador to Romania stated.

At the same time, the French official added that the global event scheduled to take place in Paris in December, an event where Romania will have a say too, is meant to be one for solutions, not problems.

“Our goal is to reach an intergovernmental agreement that would come into force in 2020. A global warming of less than two degrees Celsius is acceptable. Environment protection is not a preoccupation of the rich, it is related to basic needs. The ones that will suffer the most from global warming will be the poor, the deprived. COP21 in Paris is not meant to be a conference for problems, but one for solutions. A lot of NGOs will be present in Paris too and their experience is being relied on,” Francois Saint-Paul said.

Romania has to boost environment protection efforts

On the basis of the commitments that the European Union has taken when it comes to combating global warming over the following years, Romania has to take measures too. Although in 2013 our country registered a 55 per cent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990, and it improved its energy efficiency by 17 per cent, our country will have to boost its efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions in order to attain the goal of lowering them by 40 per cent by 2030, considering the effects generated by its economic development. Fortunately, Romania will benefit from European support in order to attain these goals.

An event with 40,000 participants from 96 countries

France will host COP21 and the international conference, scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 11, will be one of the most important ones taking place on French soil.

On the basis of the work done at the COP20 conference in Lima last year, a series of decisions have to be reached in December 2015, such as an ambitious and mandatory agreement in the face of climate change challenges, an agreement that would apply to all countries, the level of national contributions, the financing of the fight against climate change (a first capitalization of the Green Fund, worth USD 9.3 bln – of which France has already contributed almost USD 1 bln) and initiatives developed at infra-state level, by local communities, civil society and the business environment.

The conference is expected to be attended by 40,000 persons from 96 countries, and will be covered by 3,000 journalists.

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