Tribune conjointe de Mme Annick Girardin et de Mme Anelay of St Johns parue dans le journal Kyunghyang (1er décembre 2015)
Tribune conjointe de Mme Annick Girardin, Secrétaire d’État au Développement et à la Francophonie, auprès du Ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international, et de Mme Anelay of St Johns, Secrétaire d’Etat au Foreign and Commonwealth Office, parue dans le journal Kyunghyang (1er décembre 2015)
The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, Minister of State at the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office and Ms Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Everyone knows that some small island states, such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Tuvalu in the Pacific, face serious risks to their survival if we do not take effective action to address climate change and curb rising sea levels. At a dinner convened jointly between France and the UK in London last week, a group of representatives from such small island states described the severity of the threat they face. They are understandably pushing hard for all nations to do more to cut emissions and help prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
The threats facing the rest of the world are no less grave. To preserve a climate that can support a healthy, prosperous population, we must limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C or 2°C.
The shape of the international climate deal set for agreement in Paris is becoming clearer. More than 150 countries have announced their commitments to reduce emissions. Many have also pledged increased finance to help the poorest and most vulnerable countries adapt to the effects of climate change.
The UK and France are leading by example. By 2030, the UK will have halved its emissions compared to 1990 and is on track to meet the target, set out in law, of an 80% reduction by 2050. France will cut its emissions by 40% by 2030, compared to 1990, and the new Energy Transition Act provides mechanisms to finance renewable energies.
We are also committed to supporting developing countries to strengthen their resilience and manage the risks of a changing climate. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, recently announced that the UK will provide £5.8 billion between April 2016 and March 2021. At the same time, President Francois Hollande announced that France will increase its annual funding to fight climate change from a current €3 billion commitment to €5 billion by 2020.