The top priority is maintaining what she terms “political momentum”. Governments were closely involved in the build-up to Paris, but world leaders have short attention spans. A stuttering global economy and fears of a Chinese financial meltdown are a “new element,” she says. “Frankly I don’t know what negative impact it will have.” France and Morocco – which will host the 2016 UN climate summit in Marrakech – plan to organise a series of ministerial meetings throughout the year to maintain a spirit of cooperation. The first is primed for April, a month in which world leaders are expected to arrive in New York to officially sign the Paris agreement. Invites from Ban Ki-moon have been sent to all capitals. The day will be a “symbolic call for political mobilisation,” says Tubiana. US president Barack Obama is rumoured to have bagged himself the first slot to ink the deal; ratification through his executive authority – bypassing Congress – could follow soon after.
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