For two days, 150 ministers and government officials will be present at the 23rd UNO conference for climate. It’s the moment for the French president Emmanuel Macron and the Chancellor Angela Merkel to show their ambitions.
Adopted by the international community in December 2015, the Paris agreement aims to contain global warming under 2 C°. 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded and 2017 is on track to break records in extreme weather events.
Today and until Friday, many politicians will try to find solutions for the climate debate. Donald Trump’s desicion to leave the Paris agreement is a real problem. After the general secretary of UNO Antonio Gueterres, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will kick-off speeches. The two countries know they are able to play an essential role in the energy transition of Europe.
The objectives of the Franco-German couple
In Germany, the French president Emmanuel Macron will have to convince that France remains engaged to the climate change, despite the abandonment last week of the nuclear target for the year 2025. The French president will also have to reassure because he wants to be the leader on the climate subject in front of Donald Trump.
On he other hand, Angela Merkel has stopped the nuclear. However, her country still uses coal power plants. The chancellor is eagerly awaited because Greenpeace calls her to give up coal, otherwise she will miss her climate goals. Emmanuel Macron will pronounce his speech after Angela Merkel.
Christelle Pitagora, IEJ2B