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31 March 2014 - Climate - Release of the second volume of the IPCC report

Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

The second volume of the IPCC [Fifth Assessment] report confirms the grave risks hanging over mankind if nothing is undertaken to curb the effects of climate disruption.

As the IPCC experts confirm, the climate is a matter of urgency, but nothing is inevitable. Solutions exist. They involve adapting our economic models to the demands of sustainable development and speeding up the energy transition.

France, which will have the responsibility of hosting and chairing the 2015 Paris climate conference, is making every effort to build a new global pact on the climate committing the international community to limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Statement of the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today released in Yokohama the second volume of its report on the effects of climate change.

This report again demonstrates the risks facing humanity if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change.

The work of the IPCC panel indicates however that this situation is not a foregone conclusion and that there are solutions. These involve large-scale initiatives aimed at transforming our economic and social models and adapting them to respond to the requirements of sustainable development.

France will play a full role in this. We are fully mobilized to ensure that the 2015 Paris Climate Conference is successful and that it allows us to reach a global and ambitious agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gases.

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