Climate change Ambassador Laurence Tubiana in South Africa [fr]
Her Excellency Laurence Tubiana, France’s Ambassador in charge of the negotiations on climate change and special representative for COP21, visited South Africa on May 12 and 13 2015.
During her working visit to Pretoria and Johannesburg, she met with senior officials responsible for climate change issues in South Africa’s departments of International Relations and Cooperation as well as Environmental Affairs.
She also met with members of the French community in South Africa and the South African press – specifically those interested in climate change issues – before leaving for China. Her visit is part of an international consultation programme in the run-up to COP21 in Paris.
France was officially appointed host country for the 21st climate conference (2015 Paris Climate Conference – COP21) during the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw (COP19).
COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in France. It is set to take place at Paris-Le Bourget from November 30 to December 11. During the conference, Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development will take over the COP Presidency.
COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.