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Readout of the President of the General Assembly’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister for Development of France

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

COP19 UN Climate Change Conference , Warsaw 20 November 2013

President Ashe meets with H.E. Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister for Development of FranceThe President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, met today with H.E. Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister for Development of France. They discussed the status of the ongoing negotiations of the19th Conference of the Parties (COP-19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP-9) in Warsaw through 22 November 2013.

The Development Minister noted that the COP-20/CMP-10 is scheduled to take place in December 2014 in Lima, Peru, and he outlined the role and preparations France is undertaking for the COP-21/CMP-11 expected to take place in December 2015 in Paris, France

The Development Minister expressed France’s interest in harnessing an inclusive process and joint leadership with the Government of Peru in the months ahead to further the climate change agenda. President Ashe noted the importance of having all critical elements in place ahead of COP 21.