PARIS: French foreign minister Laurent Fabius presented a landmark global climate accord on Saturday, a “historic” measure for transforming the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and turn the tide on global warming.
At the tail end of the hottest year on record and after four years of fraught UN talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against poor, imperilled island states against rising economic powerhouses, Fabius urged officials from nearly 200 nations to support what he hopes will be a final deal.
“Our responsibility to history is immense,” Fabius told thousands of officials, including President Francois Hollande and US secretary of state John Kerry, in the main hall of the conference venue on the outskirts of Paris.
Barring any last-minute objections, negotiators will reconvene to approve the agreement, a major breakthrough in global efforts to avert the potentially disastrous consequences of an overheated planet. Fabius called it an “ambitious and balanced” agreement that would mark a “historic turning point” for the world. The official text of the accord would be made available within the next hour, he said… see more
source: times of India