France urges world to build on Paris climate agreement

Climate/COP21/implementation of the Paris Agreement/Climate Convention – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs

Paris, 17 May 2016

The heads of delegation of the 197 Parties to the Climate Convention are meeting for the first time since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, for a formal negotiation session in Bonn from 16 to 26 May.

The meeting must lay the groundwork for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The French presidency will have to guarantee balance between all the issues being negotiated, to maintain the spirit of cooperation that existed in Paris.

Ségolène Royal, President of COP21, introduced the negotiators’ work: “You are now more than negotiators: I call on you to be co-builders and facilitators. It’s now about building on the ambitious, balanced, fair compromises reached last December, in order to strengthen action on the ground. The foundations have been laid; it’s now up to us to build our common home.”

At the session, the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreeement (APA), tasked with preparing for its entry into force, will be held. In particular, the focus will be:

-  on how to present the national contributions;

-  on the transparency framework which will be drawn up to ensure that the implementation of commitments to adaptation and mitigation, including financial commitments, is monitored;

-  on preparing a collective assessment of these contributions in order to evaluate the progress made, with an initial meeting in 2018.

The two Subsidiary Bodies (for Implementation, the SBI, and for Scientific and Technical Advice, the SBSTA) will also resume their work, part of which will also concern preparations for the Agreement’s entry into force.

Numerous workshops, experts’ meetings and parallel events will be organized to facilitate the transfer of experience in many areas of activity (avoided deforestation, education in capacity-building, consideration of the social and economic value of carbon, financial support, etc.). Finally, the presidency will carry out consultations, as it pledged to do, on the issues raised by the Africa Group and Turkey during COP21./.

Published on 03/06/2016

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