NATIONAL OFFICE: France and the Challenges of the Fight Against Climate Change
Wednesday, 4 March 2020 5:15pm - 7:00pm
GBLT2, Government Building, Pipitea Campus, Stout Street, Wellington

SPEAKER: Mrs Brigitte Collet, Ambassador for Negotiations on Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Climate Risk Prevention

Mrs Collet will speak about French policy on climate change, how France and NZ can partner better regarding climate change and how to make COP26 a success.

Mrs Collet was appointed Ambassador for Negotiations on Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Climate Risk Prevention in September 2016. Since then, she has been actively promoting French positions on climate issues and is currently working towards the ratification of the Paris Agreement. She represented France at COP 25 in Madrid in December 2019 alongside the French Prime Minister.

Since joining the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1988, she has held the positions of Second Secretary in Rabat; First Secretary in Washington; Second Counsellor to the Permanent Representation of France to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna; Deputy Director of Human Rights and Humanitarian and Social Affairs; Second then First Counsellor to the Permanent Representation of France to the United Nations; and then Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights.

She also served as Ambassador in Oslo, Norway, and Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. She is an Officer of the French Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit.

Adrian Macey, who will moderate the Q&A session, is an Adjunct Professor, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute (School of Geography and Earth Sciences) and Senior Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies of Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nantes, France.

He previously served in various positions in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including Chief Trade Negotiator, ambassador to France, as New Zealand’s first climate change ambassador. He has been a member and chair of several GATT and WTO dispute settlement panels He was vice-chair, then chair of the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol negotiations in 2010-2011.

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