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October 23, 2021

French Ambassador to Bucharest Francois Saint-Paul urges civil society in Romania to get involved in solving environmental issues

The Romanian civil society must continue to get involved in solving the environmental issues and it’s a good thing that there is so much sensitivity, such as in relation to the exploitation of shale gas and the Rosia Montana gold mine project, the French Ambassador to Bucharest, Francois Saint-Paul told a debate on Friday.

“There were and there still is much sensitivity in Romania in relation to projects such as the shale gas and Rosia Montana. We are glad that such debates exist. The civil society in Romania must continue to get involved in solving the environmental issues and in helping the country with reaching its objectives,” the official said.

Referring to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC – COP 21) to be hosted by Paris in December 2015, the French Ambassador in Bucharest mentioned that the debate will be mainly aimed at finding solutions to an imminent global warming.

“The stake of the December Conference in Paris can be summarized through a quote belonging to Bank Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations: ‘There is no plan B for there is no planet B.’ (…) The fight for the planet is not a luxury, but something that concerns us all. The most affected by the global warming will be the fragile, more vulnerable countries,” explained the French Ambassador in Bucharest.

The French official also mentioned the environmental objectives to be discussed and negotiated at the COP 21.

“The European objectives for 2030 refer to: cutting down greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent, increasing renewable energy contribution to the total energy mix by 27 per cent, as well as cutting down energy consumption by 27 per cent. The Paris Conference will find solutions for reaching the earlier mentioned objectives,” said the Ambassador quoted by Agerpres.

France was officially designated host country of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Paris Climate 2015) to take place somewhere between November 30 and December 31.

Based on the works of COP20 in Lima in 2014, some decisions must be made this December such as an ambitious and compulsory agreement regarding the challenges that will be imposed by climate change on all countries, the value of the national contributions to finance the fight against the climate changes ( a first funding of the 9.3 billion US dollars worth Green Climate Fund – funding worth one billion on the part of France being already achieved), and the initiatives developed an infra-state level by the local communities, the civil society and the business milieu.

As many as 40,000 people from 96 countries are expected to come to the conference, as well as 3,000 journalists.


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