France welcomes US-Chinese pledge on climate
Climate disruption/Paris Climate Conference/United States and China’s commitment – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, President of the Paris Climate Conference
Paris, 26 September 2015
I welcome the United States and China’s Presidential Statementon the climate, published on 25 September. Two months ahead of COP21, it sends a strong message on the commitment of the two main greenhouse gas emitters to combat climate disruption.
It emphasizes their desire to adopt a long-term agreement in Paris whose level of ambition will be increased over time and which will encourage transparency and mutual trust. I am particularly delighted with the emphasis on low-carbon transition strategies between now and 2050, which will lead us to low-carbon, resilient economies by the end of the century.
The launch of a nationwide carbon market in China by 2017 and the continued regulation of emissions in the energy and transport sector in the United States illustrate that the pace of practical actions is being stepped up. The promotion of technology investments and low-carbon solutions will facilitate climate policies.
I also want to welcome the new financial commitments, pledges of solidarity towards the most vulnerable countries.
This announcement will help us galvanize all the players with a view to the success of the Paris Climate Conference./.