France in dialogue with Pacific islands ahead of upcoming climate meetings [fr]
On the occasion of the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa, Sébastien Lecornu, minister of state attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, spelled out France’s commitments in climate diplomacy while speaking in a plenary session as part of bilateral meetings with the heads of state of the Pacific Islands.
These exchanges are in preparation for the summit for a global environmental pact to be held on September 19 in New York, where France will propose before the United Nations the unification, structuring and simplification of our international law to fight climate change. They also help prepare for the summit on December 12 regarding funding for the fight against climate change where the President of the Republic will bring together all stakeholders, both public and private.
“In my bilateral meetings with the members of the Forum, I noted that the Pacific partners were particularly satisfied by the initiatives taken by France in climate diplomacy since the election of Emmanuel Macron. In their eyes, the announcement of a law ending fossil fuel prospecting and exploitation, a concrete translation of one of the measures featured in the Climate Plan presented by Nicolas Hulot in July, shows that France is making decisions of unprecedented significance to limit climate change on our national territory. This French leadership on climate issues is a commitment which should help prevent disasters like those our fellow citizens are experiencing following the passage of Cyclone Irma over Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy”, Sébastien Lecornu explains.
In this context, he also emphasised that the integration of French Polynesia and New Caledonia as full members of the Pacific Islands Forum was decisive for regional dialogue. The French representative expressed the wish that the Forum’s view of Wallis and Futuna, third French territory in the Pacific and already present in the forum as an observer, might evolve.
Recalling the dynamism of regional cooperation, particularly through programmes supported by the Pacific Community and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, the minister of state explained that France will support all initiatives aimed at further realizing this cooperation through operational projects including underwater cables, air links and trade agreements.