Ségolène Royal meets Prince Charles in London
Prince Charles and Ségolène Royal joined at Lancester House meeting by UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd
29 October 2015
Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, met HRH Prince Charles at Lancaster House on Thursday to discuss deforestation and climate change.
Shortly afterwards it was announced that Prince Charles had accepted an invitation to be a keynote speaker at the COP 21 Climate conference in Paris in November.
The meeting was hosted by the International Sustainability Unit and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Secretary of State Amber Rudd and French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann were in attendance, as well as a number of private firms and NGOs.
The Prince of Wales said: "Paris will be an absolutely crucial milestone, as you will all know better than I, in the long overdue international effort to keep to a two-degree world.
“It must however send an unequivocal, long-term signal to the international community, and to global markets, that the transition to a low-carbon sustainable climate-compatible economy is firmly and irreversibly underway."
Ségolène Royal, speaking in English, said: "France is entirely mobilized under the guidance of President Hollande and determined to reach an agreement in Paris: COP21 is on course to becoming a turning point in the history of climate change.
"The issue of forests, that we are today gathered to discuss, is central to addressing climate change. Because forests, like oceans, are key witnesses of climate change and the disruption and distress it causes."