Highlights

The President of France , Emmanuel Macron, have announced a referendum on 15th December 2020. The referendum has been announced to add the fight against climate change. The referendum also seeks to add and preserve the environment into the Constitution of France.

Points To Note

  • French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a change in the constitution.
  • This change requires a parliamentary vote and then a referendum in the French constitution.
  • The European Union (EU) leaders along with the French President, agreed to meet up the year 2030 targets to reduce greenhouse gases.
  • European continent agreed to reduce the greenhouse gases from 40% to at least 55% as compared to the 1990 levels.
  • US President-elect Joe Biden also pledged to re-join the Paris climate accord.

The France’s commitment on Climate

President Macron highlighted that; France doesn’t take enough steps to be in line with its climate-related commitments that aims to curb the global warming. Macron also highlighted that; France is missing its national targets that was set under the Paris Agreement 2015. France is already delayed by most of its efforts.

The Paris Agreement

2015 Paris Agreement is an agreement under the UNFCCC. UNFCCC is United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Paris agreement deals with the greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, its adaptation and finance. Paris agreement was signed in 2016. It was negotiated by the representatives of 196 state parties. Paris agreement was adopted at the 21st COP (Conference of the Parties) of the UNFCCC in France. In 2015, the agreement was adopted on 12th December 2015. Currently, 196 members have signed the agreement and 188 countries are party to it. Out of these 188 countries, Iran, Turkey, and the US are the highest emitters. France Referendum to add Climate Goals in Constitution France Referendum to add Climate Goals in Constitution