Paris Agreement on climate "not renegotiable" - Minister
G7 Environment – Paris Agreement – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition
Paris, 13 June 2017
Following the G7 environment summit in Bologna under the Italian presidency, Nicolas Hulot, Ministre d’Etat, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, welcomes the adoption of the final communiqué. The unity affirmed by Italy, Canada, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and France demonstrates the commitment of those six countries to the Paris Agreement to combat climate change.
On the climate, the six G7 members formed a common front to uphold strongly and reaffirm the non-negotiable and irreversible nature of the Paris Agreement, as well as their commitment to its implementation. They also reiterated the importance of finance to help developing countries conduct their economic and ecological transition policies.
The Minister is deeply concerned about the United States’ withdrawal of its support for the sections of the communiqué concerning climate change, in line with the announcement on 1 June that America was pulling out of the Paris Agreement.
Following the negotiations led by the Italian presidency, all the G7 members agreed to emphasize the importance of sustainable environmental policies such as on:
• The circular economy;
• Marine pollution;
• The links between environmental policies and job creation;
• The collective effort for the African continent.
“In the situation we’re experiencing, the international community’s response remains unanimous and united in recalling that the Paris Agreement is not renegotiable, because you can’t negotiate the planet’s fate. This final communiqué is the result of this firmness. The low-carbon economy – which will be the dominant model – is under way, and this transition is irreversible. What is at stake is the planet’s future; it’s also, above all, what mankind has accomplished and the conditions for it to exist,” said Nicolas Hulot./.