Projection du film "Demain" au cinéma Zita dans le cadre de la préparation de la COP21 (8 décembre 2015) [sv]
I am the French ambassador to Sweden and it is a pleasure to be here tonight with you for the screening of DEMAIN (Tomorrow). You are about to discover a documentary of a new kind. It does inform and warn about climate change, but beyond that, it really tries to provide solutions.
The film was directed by Cyril Dion, an activist, author and journalist who ran an NGO for 7 years. He partnered with Melanie Laurent, a French actress, well known around the world, but also a respected film director and a citizen truly committed to climate change issues.
The pair decided to go for a road trip, looking for concrete, simple and pragmatic actions. In the course of a journey across Europe, the United States and India, they discovered - step by step - how to rethink agriculture, energy models, town planning, economics, education and democracy… toward more sustainable and happier societies. This documentary encapsulates their personal vision for the future, not necessarily the views of France. And it is a valuable contribution to the reflection on how to fight climate change.
The film was just released in France last week and has, so far, received a high number of positive reviews. It was judged “truly committed, positive and never naïve”. It was also called an “anti-cynical film”, “inspiring”, “dynamic”, “concrete”, “exciting” and even “necessary”.
I would like to insist on an important Swedish contribution to the film : DEMAIN’s original soundtrack was composed by Swedish jazz and pop artist Fredrika Stahl. The music, as you will hear, is in tone with the message of hope that DEMAIN wants to give.
Hope, it is also what we expect from COP 21, the United Nations conference on climate change that is being held in Paris until the end of this week, under French presidency. Negotiations are ongoing and so far, they are on track. Our objective has always been to reach four goals in Paris.
First an agreement, which would be universal, fair, covering adaptation as well as mitigation and consistent with the target of a maximum increase in temperature of two degrees. After months of official and informal meetings, the negotiators have delivered to the Pdt of the COP, French MOFA Laurent Fabius, a solid draft agreement. But there are still a lot of options left, many compromises to find between the ministers, who now take charge of the negotiations. They will have in mind the very strong impulsion in favor of the agreement given by the 150 Heads of States and Government who were in Paris the first day of the COP, a historical record.
The second goal is to have ambitious commitments to reduce greenhouse gas by as many countries as possible. Today, 186 countries representing more than 95 pc of the world emissions have tabled their commitments, which is a remarkable breakthrough. Even if, as we know, the addition of all these commitments is still higher than the 2° target. And this is why we need in the agreement a mechanism to review them on a regular basis, with rules of no backsliding, so as to come back to the trajectory of 2°.
The third goal is to generate enough funding to help the developing countries invest in fighting climate change. There again, a lot of progress has been made on the way to meeting the target of 100 bios dollars a year decided in Copenhagen. And the Green Climate Fund is now operational.
Finally, we have what we call the action agenda, all the initiatives taken, in the real world, by the companies, the cities, the region, which have been impressive. More than 8000 of these initiatives have been registered and there are so many events from all these actors during the Paris fortnight.
So, you see, a lot has been achieved already. But Paris will not be the end of the process, rather a turning point and our joint duty will be to continue in the future to take new commitments and new actions.
For now, it is time to discover and enjoy DEMAIN, a film that may give us hope, as well as some tips to act – at our own level – to counter climate change.
Before, allow me to thank the Zita team for welcoming us tonight in this beautiful theater. As you may know, you can watch, once a year, in October and November, a French film every Tuesday at Zita. These weekly screenings, organized in collaboration with the Franska filmfestivalen association, gather French as well as Swedes who share a common passion for cinema.
Thank you for your attention et je vous souhaite un très bon film."