(Washington, DC) – Late last night following Senate votes, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) departed on a congressional delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Senator Shaheen and her colleagues will participate in high-level discussions to encourage a broad international agreement to reduce global warming. Shaheen will also attend security briefings with officials following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month.
“Granite Staters understand the urgency of addressing climate change,” said Shaheen. “New Hampshire is going above and beyond in its efforts to tackle global warming, but it’s imperative that efforts in our state are matched by national and international action. The United States must be a leader in the global effort to mitigate climate change and our presence at the Paris talks will send a strong signal to negotiators that Members of Congress are serious about achieving ambitious climate action policies.”
During the trip, Shaheen and the delegation are scheduled to take part in bilateral meetings with leaders from Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Africa, European Union, Brazil, Island Nations, Japan, Canada, India and China. The meetings will show the robust support from the United States for aggressive international action on climate change. Additionally, the delegation will meet with high level climate negotiators, European leaders, businesses, and NGO’s committed to fighting climate change. The delegation will also meet with United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.
During the trip, Shaheen, a member of the Senate’s Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, will also discuss international security issues after last month’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.