Global Citizen Consultation [fr]
5 JUNE 2015
On June 6, 2015, a series of debates on climate and energy were organized in 83 countries, with for each one of them, groups of a hundred citizens. The goal of these debates was to inform citizens and collect their opinion on five key-subjects of the ongoing negotiations for the Paris climate conference (COP21), which will take place in December. 10400 people, coming from 83 countries of the 5 continents, had the opportunity to express themselves thanks to the initiative “World Wide Views on climate and energy.”
This project was granted the COP21 Label and the Secretariat of the UNFCCC recognized it as part of the negotiation process: indeed the citizens’ recommendations during the debates will be transmitted to the negotiators.
The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, along with the French Heritage Language Program, organized one of these debates at the UN in New York. Nearly 100 French-speaking New York high school students attended the debate.
The French Heritage Language Program is an initiative promoted by the FACE Foundation (French American Cultural Exchange Program) and administered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, which aims at providing young public high schools French speakers with free French courses. The French Mission organized the debate in partnership with Benoît Le Dévédec, who coordinates the Program.
Opening speeches were made by Mr. Alexis Lamek, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, Mr. Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, and Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations. They emphasized the importance of the COP21 and of the youth’s commitment.
After the screening of several videos on global warming, the students were divided in five groups to start working on one of the five key-subjects. Their discussion led them to make recommendations they then read to the audience.