French and UN leaders discuss climate, Syria and Africa
Climate disruption/COP21/Libya/Syria/CAR/meeting between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and Mr Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 25 August 2015
The French President today had a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. They discussed the next stages of preparations for COP21, which are entering their final straight. They welcomed the progress already made, although a great deal remains to be done.
The Head of State praised Mr Ban Ki-moon’s initiative of organizing a meeting of heads of state and government on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on 27 September. It will be co-chaired by France and Peru. The aim is to give the necessary political impetus to ensure the negotiations succeed.
Every opportunity must be grasped to make headway between now and December, particularly at the meeting on finance in Lima in October and the G20 summit in Antalya in November. France will again convene heads of state and government at the opening of COP21 to give a clear and ambitious framework to the negotiations.
The French President and the United Nations Secretary-General also discussed international crises. The Head of State recalled his full support for the political process being conducted in Libya under the aegis of the United Nations. It must be finalized as soon as possible. In Syria, the political transition must now be initiated on the basis of the statement adopted by the Security Council on 17 August.
Finally, the French President thanked the Secretary-General for the United Nations’ action in support of the stabilization of the CAR./.