“The solutions to climate change are on the table. They are ours for the taking. Let us have the courage to grasp them,” remarked Ki-moon at the presentation of the final draft. He wants the outcome to be celebrated because it offers “new hope for safety and prosperity for all on a healthy planet”.
The road to Paris Agreement
Ahead of the Paris meeting, thousands of companies and investors as well as regional governments announced their commitment to the essential economic and social transformation to low-carbon, sustainable growth and development.
Heads of state and government arrived in Paris early to give their public support to the climate change talks.
At the opening ceremony, UN Climate Change Chief, Christiana Figueres said that the eyes of millions of people around the world were on the governments meeting in Paris. “You have the opportunity, in fact the responsibility, to finalize an agreement that enables the achievement of national climate change goals, that delivers the necessary support for the developing world and that catalyses continuously increasing ambition and action by all,” she said.
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