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UN chief: 'Stars aligned' for strong climate action

Reporter: Yang Zhao 丨 CCTV.com

12-06-2015 13:00 BJT

Yesterday, the United Nations climate change conference held an 'Action Day,' with more than 1,300 stakeholders taking part. The event aims to inject more energy into discussions, ahead of next week's meetings, where delegates are expected to agree on a draft deal text.  

Stars are aligned like never before, in favor of concerted action on climate change. These are the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his upbeat conclusion at the end of the first week of the historic COP21 summit.

Action Day was a high-level gathering where attendees worked to turn commitments and initiatives into concrete action plans. The crew of the International Space Station also delivered messages to delegates at COP21 encouraging them to take action.

First proposed at the climate conference in Lima last year, the Action Day event had to be organized rather quickly to ensure it could happen at this year's meeting. But action to tackle climate change apparently needs to be quicker.

Delegates say there are still many unresolved issues, mostly related to how to spell out the obligations of countries in different stages of development, in fighting climate change.

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