Climate on the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos

© Remy Steinegger
© Remy Steinegger

21 Jan Climate on the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos

The COP21 President Laurent Fabius co-chaired the session on “The New Climate and Development Imperative” at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, 21 January, together with the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Discussions focused on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the many initiatives by the private sector.  “Climate change undermines development gains, has warned the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. If we do not properly police the Paris Agreement, then the remaining 16 sustainable development goals will be undermined.” Further informations about the development goals.

For his part, the French Foreign Minister stated that “the Paris Agreement is a key pillar of security.” Laurent Fabius recalled the importance of innovation in clean technologies to achieve the goal to hold the rise in temperature to below 2°C. To achieve this, concrete initiatives were essential, such as the “Mission Innovation” (Clean Tech) initiative launched by France and the United States during COP21, which provides for doubling the budget for research and development in clean technologies by 2020.

Laurent Fabius also underlined that France is among the most innovative economies in the world. Together with the Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the COP21 President met with many young entrepreneurs.