Video of FACTS 2 Vancouver now online!
On the road to the COP21 which will be held in Paris in December 2015, the Ambassador conveyed the idea of the necessary mobilisation from all the countries by publishing their national contribution.
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.
To achieve this, the future agreement must focus equally on mitigation - that is, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global warming to 2°C - and societies’ adaptation to existing climate changes. These efforts must take into account the needs and capacities of each country. The agreement will enter into force in 2020 and will need to be sustainable to enable long-term change.
In partnership with Carbon Talks and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PiCS), the French Consulate general organized a public talk on March 26 entitled "From Local to Global Challenges, What Needs to Be Done for a Successful Climate Conference in Paris 2015? A Political Discussion on the Road to the COP21".
The dialogue was part of a series of free public events, called FACTS (French-Ameri-can Climate Talks) organized by the French Embassies and Consulates in North America.
This panel included French Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis, BC Environment Minister Mary Polak and Vancouver City Mayor Gregor Robertson. Michael Small, executive director of Renewable Cities and Carbon Talks moderated the panel.
More than 200 participants added valuable inputs to the discussions.