DAY OF COMMEMORATION TO MARK THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC) 13 MARCH 2018
Embassies in Paris and other stakeholders were invited to attend the day of commemoration to mark the 30th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that was held at the UNESCO headquarters on 13 March 2018.
The high profile nature of the commemorative event was bolstered with participation by the likes of Mr. Hoesung Lee, President of the IPCC; Mr. Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council (he had also served as the French Prime Minister and held various portfolios in Cabinet including that of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development); and Mr. Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.
The importance of climate action was reiterated throughout the day as Lee, Fabius, and Hulot emphasized that resolving the climate crisis is key to solving the pressing, complex, and formidable security as well as social challenges confronting the world.
In addition to celebrating the influence of the IPCC on international policy, the commemorative day also provided an opportunity to reflect on past milestones, assess the current effort to address climate change, and identify possible future areas of work for the IPCC.
Mr. Hoesung Lee, President of the IPCC reminded decision makers to adhere to SDG targets for energy, water, land use, education, and infrastructure as it has a direct influence on base line emissions for the future.
Mr. Laurent Fabius highlighted that the IPCC had won the Nobel Peace Prize as their work on climate issues had moved the world closer towards living together peacefully.
Recognizing the importance of climate action, Mr. Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition reiterated the French commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050; banning new research on hydro carbon deposits; ending usage of coal for energy production by 2022; and banning vehicles that emits greenhouse gasses by 2040.