UN chief: Paris Summit must mark a turning point

Baku, December 1, AZERTAC

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said COP21 Paris Summit must mark a turning point.

In his address to COP21 Leaders Summit, the UN chief urged world leaders “to instruct your negotiators to choose the path of compromise and consensus”. “ Bold climate action is in the national interest of every single country represented at this conference.” “The time for brinksmanship is over. Let us build a durable climate regime with clear rules of the road that all countries can agree to follow.”

He said: “We need the world to know that we are headed to a low-emissions, climate-resilient future, and that there is no going back. The national climate plans submitted by more than 180 countries cover close to 100 per cent of global emissions.”

“This is a good start. But we need to go much farther and much faster if we are to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius. The science is clear. Even a 2-degree rise will have serious consequences for food and water security, economic stability and international peace. That is why we need a universal, meaningful agreement here in Paris,” the UN Secretary-General said.

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