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France submits long-term climate strategy to UN

France has submitted its long-term climate action plan under the Paris Agreement to the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was submitted on Wednesday, December 28 2016.

Segolene Royal, Minister of Environment of France and COP21 President. Photo credit: zimblo.com

This makes the host nation of COP21 in Paris the fifth country to communicate its long-term climate strategies to the UN body, after the United States, Mexico (both submitted on Wednesday, November 16 2016), Germany and Canada (both submitted on Thursday, November 17, 2016).

The detals of this and other long-term plans can be accessed here.

Titled the “French National Low-carbon Strategy”, the highlights of the plan include a 40 percent target reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 and a 75 percent reduction by 2050 compared to 1990.

In accordance with Article 4, paragraph 19, of the Paris Agreement, all Parties to the UNFCCC should strive to formulate and communicate long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies, mindful of Article 2 and taking into account their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances.

The COP, by its decision 1/CP 21, paragraph 35, invited Parties to communicate, by 2020, to the secretariat mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies in accordance with Article 4, paragraph 19, of the Agreement

According to the UNFCCC, Parties who wish to communicate their long-term strategy to the secretariat are invited to send their submissions to NDCs@unfccc.int.

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