COP21: 146 countries announce their national contributions
Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France (04.10.2015)
I warmly welcome the announcement of more than 70 new Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in the span of a week, viz. those of India, Brazil and South Africa, as well as other countries, such as Costa Rica, Bhutan and Burkina Faso. 23 of these contributions are beneficiaries of technical support provided by the French Development Agency (AFD). This brings the total number of contributions submitted to date – two months ahead of the Paris Climate Conference – to 146. The contributions submitted as of now cover more than 85% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
These remarkable outcomes are a major step towards the adoption of a universal climate agreement in Paris.
The INDCs submitted till 1st October will be included in the consolidated report on global endeavours, to be presented by the UNFCCC Secretariat on 1st November. Initial estimates indicate that these contributions will place us in a trajectory below 3°C, reflecting both the contrast between the efforts made and the most pessimistic scenarios, and those that remain to be carried out to remain under the 1.5°C or 2°C mark.
I call on all countries that are yet to submit their INDCs, particularly the largest emitters, to do so as soon as possible, so as to contribute to an ambitious and completely successful Paris Climate Conference.