The France-Latvia Dialogue on sustainability and climate change

Following Latvia’s signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, Latvia has since committed to implement a series of international commitments to mitigate global climate change. Latvia also contributed to and signed the Paris Agreement adopted on December 12, 2015, which aims to limit the increase in the average global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with a threshold target of 1.5°C. The objective of these international agreements is to prevent human activities from irreversibly impacting the climate and other planetary systems, whose sustainability boundaries are currently exceeded.

Despite this alarming context, according to a study conducted by the Latvian Nature Conservation Foundation in 2023, the part of the Latvian population who agrees to the assertion that climate change is a real and global problem is decreasing. Two years ago, it was 60%, while currently, it has dropped to 36%.

In order to raise awareness and to share science-based information related to climate change and sustainability issues, the Embassy of France in Latvia and the French Institute of Latvia have partnered with the University of Latvia to organize the public panel discussion “The France-Latvia Dialogue on sustainability and climate change.”