France’s environment minister replaces Laurent Fabius in build-up to next round of annual talks in Marrakech in November
By Alex Pashley
Segolene Royal has been appointed president of UN-led climate negotiations, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
France’s environment minister replaces Laurent Fabius, a distinguished politician credited in part with last December’s summit outcome. He resigned the post on Monday after questions were raised over its compatibility with his recent appointment to France’s constitutional council.
In Paris, Fabius steered 195 nations to a landmark deal to curb carbon emissions to halt dangerous climate change. Royal led the “agenda of solutions”, chairing side events on cities, business and oceans at the two-week summit.
In her new role, Royal will be responsible for keeping climate diplomacy ticking over until France hands over to Morocco at November’s Marrakech summit.
— Ségolène Royal (@RoyalSegolene) February 17, 2016