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About the Speech:

On 12 December 2015 negotiators at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris agreed an international deal to limit climate change. World leaders have described the accord as a turning point in building a low carbon economy. The French Presidency has been widely praised for their role in securing an agreement where previous negotiations have failed. In this address, Ambassador Thébault refleceted on what was achieved in Paris and highlight the action that is urgently needed to ensure it lives up to its potential.

About the Speaker:

H.E. Jean-Pierre Thébault was appointed Ambassador of France to Ireland in February 2014. From 2010 to 2013 he was Ambassador in charge of the Environment at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a graduate of the National School of Administration (ENA) and first joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988.