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June 5 was World Environment Day

"It is too late to be pessimistic. Everyone must take action," declared Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

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The photographer, who has become a specialist in presenting images of the earth as seen from the sky, has produced a documentary aimed at raising awareness of the ecological catastrophes that threaten us.

On Friday, June 5" (Environment Round Table)

This process brought together the Government and representatives from civil society for the first time in 2007 to create a road map to support sustainable ecology, development and land-use.

"France has not fallen behind. But France now wants to be in the lead. And this is what has prompted the changes that we are proposing today in France. Our ambition is not to be as mediocre as others in our objectives. It is not to be average. Our ambition is to be in the vanguard and to set an example. At the United Nations, France called for a worldwide economic and ecological New Deal. France cannot hope that its appeal will be heard if it doesn’t apply the strongest measures to itself. How can you set an example if you cannot comply yourself with the rules that you are asking others to adopt?

This is the spirit in which I called for this Grenelle de l’Environnement.

Grenelle stands for shared discussion and shared proposals. This Grenelle is a success. It is a success that we owe to environmental non-governmental organizations, which proved equal to taking on this unusual role."

(Excerpts taken from speech by the President of the French Republic at the concluding session of the Grenelle de l’environnement - Thursday 25 October 2007)

- Through a European commitment to become the global leader in the fight against climate change:

The climate-energy legislative package , adopted under the French presidency of the European Union Council on December 12, 2008, was a historical step: the European Union is the first major global economy to adopt an operational, detailed and binding program to introduce commitments aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, as well as improving energy efficiency by 20%, with renewable energy accounting for 20% of energy consumption by this time.

- Increased participation in international negotiations to ensure the success of the Copenhagen Conference:

— Diplomatic action to focus the attention of the international community on the fate of the most vulnerable groups: on June 3, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, by consensus,a resolution recognizing that climate change represented a threat to international security.

— Concrete initiatives to advance the negotiations: the Major Economies Forum meeting in Paris on May 25 and 26, 2009, brought together the main emitters of greenhouse gases in the world in order to find the necessary points of convergence to achieve a substantial agreement in Copenhagen within the framework of the United Nations and to identify long-term courses of action.

Press conference by Bernard Kouchner and Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of State, Minister of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Regional Development, on the upcoming Major Economies Forum on Energy and the Climate at the Foreign Press Center (May 20, 2009)

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