France welcomes US-China agreement to cut greenhouse gases

Climate disruption – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 12 November 2014

In a world where there isn’t much of it, I regard this agreement as good news. The fact that China and the United States – which are the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases responsible for climate disruption – have decided together to reduce their emissions is an important step forward.

When added to the European agreement of October 2014, which is a step in the same direction, this decision – even if it is still limited – should encourage all countries to make practical commitments against climate disruption. It should enable us to take a positive approach to the next meetings: the COP20 in Lima in December 2014 and, above all, the decisive COP21 in Paris in December 2015, which France will chair.

Published on 12/11/2014

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