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UN chief: 'clock ticking' on climate change


12-07-2015 20:58 BJT

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In Paris, environment ministers from around the world are trying to settle on a final agreement. Negotiators are having frenetic talks in an effort to seal a historic 195-nation agreement. They face numerous thorny issues, including a system for funding developing nations and mechanisms for monitoring national pledges to reduce emissions.

Speaking to the ministers, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that "the clock is ticking" on climate change, and urged an agreement.

"Centuries of human endeavor and innovation have given the world great gifts. Yet we have also sown the potential seeds of our own destruction. The clock is ticking towards a climate catastrophe,” Ban said.

“The world is expecting more from you than half-measures and incremental approaches. It is calling for a transformative agreement, an agreement that opens the way for peace, stability and prosperity.”

“The decisions you make here in Paris will reverberate down through the ages. The eyes of the world are upon you: seven billion people want to know that you, the world's political leaders, have their interests at heart – and those of their children."

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