Visit in Malta by French Goodwill Ambassador for the preparation of Paris Climate 2015
H.E. Bérengère Quincy, Goodwill Ambassador for the preparation of Paris Climate 2015, participated with French Ambassador to Malta H.E. Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen, to the conference "COP21 and its aftermath" organised by MEUSAC, Maltese Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate change, and the French Embassy : Program and photos on MEUSAC website
The Ambassadors also met with Maltese Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon. George Vella, MFA issued the following statement :
Meeting between George W. Vella, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta, and Bérengère Quincy, French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations in Europe
Today the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr George W. Vella, met Bérengère Quincy, French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations in Europe. Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen, Ambassador of the French Republic to Malta, and Prof. Simone Borg, Ambassador for Climate Change to Malta also participated in the meeting. The meeting focused primarily on the preparations for the 21st Session of the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP-21) on Climate Change that will take place in Paris between the 30th November and 11th December 2015, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will be hosted by Malta between the 27th and 29th November 2015.
Minister Vella and Ambassador Quincy underscored that Climate Change is a decisive global challenge which, if not urgently managed, will put at risk not only the environment but also world economic prosperity, development and, more broadly, stability and security. Minister Vella highlighted how the forthcoming CHOGM can play a key role in strengthening regional and international co-operation on Climate Change. As a High level meeting convening shortly before the 21st Session of the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP-21) on Climate Change, the Special Executive Session on Climate Action, organised as part of CHOGM on the 27th November 2015, will deliver a joint message of support towards the efforts of the international community aimed at reaching a positive outcome in Paris.
Both Minister Vella and Ambassador Quincy concurred that the CHOGM will give momentum to the global discussion on Climate Change and that Malta, which took the initiative formally to the table at the United Nations in 1988, will bring added value to the debate of moving from Climate Change to Climate Action.