The Paris climate summit will not be cancelled at any cost. Because if it is cancelled, “terrorism wins,” said French energy minister Ségolène Royal. France vowed to push on with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change scheduled to be held at the Le Bourget airfield near Paris from Nov.30 to Dec.11. The decision to proceed as planned shows support for France and climate change action.
Paris summit will go ahead because it’s essential for humanity
More than 132 people have died in terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS in Paris last Friday. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the country will step up security for leaders and delegates from 190 countries travelling to Paris. “It will go ahead with reinforced security measures,” said Fabius. French authorities have already reinstated border controls. Fabius said the police deployment will be increased for the summit.
The Paris climate summit has been planned since November 2013. Prime Minister Manuel Valls told TF1 television that the meeting will go ahead because it is essential for humanity. World leaders will meet in Paris to reach a legally-binding agreement to limit the greenhouse gas emissions. They will also nail down limits on fossil fuel emissions that will apply to all nations.
France wants G20 countries to do more
The United Nations estimates that more than 60,000 people including world leaders, envoys, representatives of NGOs, and the press will be in Paris to attend the conference. During the ongoing G20 meeting in Turkey, France pressed for tougher pledges on climate change from G20 nations. The group was divided on whether they should back a “differentiated” approach where developed countries carry an extra burden, or a “shared” approach that would require emerging countries to make larger cuts.
All the nations have already submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. The 2009 summit in Copenhagen had failed to reach a global agreement. So, Paris talks will be crucial. Security is always tight at such conferences, but this time it will be even tighter in Paris.