Great success of COP21 events in Alliances Françaises!

In June 2015, the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and the French Embassy in Pretoria organized screenings and debates on key challenges related to climate change, in the Alliances Françaises of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Maseru (programme available here),


The events aimed at outlining the main objectives of the COP21 conference to be held in Paris in December 2015. In this view, the contributions from all stakeholders, including civil societies, businesses and the scientific community were essential and contributed to the rich debates. The panel discussions were a great opportunity to explore initiatives taken in the African continent, including bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

French Ambassador to South Africa and Lesotho Elisabeth Barbier attended the evening event at the Alliance Française de Johannesburg, before inviting to dinner the IRD representatives from Madagascar, Kenya, South Africa and La Réunion, as well as French researchers posted in South African research institutes.


Download the Ambassador’s speech:

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You can still enjoy the screening of « Tana Delta : a wetland in the balance » on 16 July 2015, 18:00pm, at the Alliance Française de Maseru!
For further information, please contact Camille Perdereau (

About COP 21

The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), will be held on 11 December 2015 in Paris bringing together around 40,000 participants. The stakes are high: the aim is to reach – for the first time – a universal, legally binding agreement that will enable us to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies in order to limit global warming to below 2°C and societies’ adaptation to existing climate change. See →

publie le 19/06/2015

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