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Hollande calls for tech-sharing with emerging nations as key to success of climate summit

media French President Francois Hollande and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, Seoul, South Korea, 4 November 2015. Reuters/Baik Seung-Ryol/Yonhap

French President François Hollande visited South Korea on Wednesday and called for sharing emissions-cutting technology with emerging countries to secure the climate change deal in Paris next month.

“Success in Paris needs to be secure before Paris”, said Hollande at a climate change and green growth round table in Seoul.

“It’s not just about fixing norms and limits, but also about taking a big technological leap, and not being scared to share technology” said Hollande as he stressed the critical importance of tech-sharing with emerging countries such as India and China.

“To my mind, that is what will decide success or failure”, he added.

Hollande hopes South Korea could play the role of facilitator in getting the Paris agreement signed. 

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Seoul is heavily involved in boosting its green credentials and in June it finalised a 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37 per cent.

The country, which is the first Asian nation to set up a carbon emissions plan, also hosts the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations fund created to spearhead climate change financing.

Several countries, including India, the fourth world polluting country, have claimed for grant aid and clean-energy technology transfers from richer nations to reduce its carbon emissions.

The richer nations “must insure India” to support its plan of development of renewable energy, said Hollande.

“It is important to quickly announce the first grants to emerging countries which start to implement the development of renewable energy”, added Hollande.

The rich nations had promised 92 billion euros to sustain the fund for developing countries from 2020 and some 60 billion euros have already been secured.

Hollande, who is touring Asia to rally the biggest world polluting countries, is to meet with the South Korean president Park Geun-Hye later on Wednesday before heading back to Paris.

Earlier in the week, China and France agreed that the deal to tackle climate change in Paris should include checks for compliance and be reviewed every five years.

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