Drive to implement climate deal is continuing - Minister
Climate – Paris Agreement – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs
Paris, 31 March 2017
The best way of responding to scepticism is to work and make progress. This is why Mme Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, convened a meeting of the steering committee for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on the climate, with the government departments concerned, members of Parliament, NGOs, researchers and coalition leaders.
1/ Ratifications are on the increase: 141 parties have ratified the agreement, including 23 EU member states; other countries will soon do so. The agreement is now irreversible and the drive to implement it worldwide is continuing.
Ségolène Royal recalled the link between the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs], since the 70 action coalitions are also tools for implementing the SDGs, as she showed the UN on 23 March at the high-level meeting organized by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, in the presence of the Secretary-General and of the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change].
2/ The action coalitions are making headway, and the Environment Ministry has released €18 million for:
• speeding up the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative through the implementation of 19 projects,
• finalizing the statutes of the International Solar Alliance,
• the carbon neutrality road map for transport,
• the ministerial meeting of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction in Berlin on 21 March,
• the launch of a water projects incubator,
• the launch of the Ocean and Climate Initiatives Alliance,
• the mobilization of cities, businesses and regions.
3/ The release of finance is continuing: at its board meeting from 2 to 6 April, the Green Climate Fund will examine nine mitigation and adaptation projects in Africa, Asia and Oceania totalling $855 million, including a major project supported by France to improve the resilience of vulnerable communities in Ethiopia./.