"Clock ticking faster and faster" towards new climate agreement

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Climate change has serious implications for agriculture and food security. Photo: FAO/L. Dematteis

The clock is ticking faster and faster towards a new global climate agreement expected to be adopted in December, according to the UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change.

Janos Pasztor (pronounced Yanosh Pashtor) gave a briefing at UN Headquarters in New York on the latest efforts by the international community to promote climate action.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.         

A number of intergovernmental meetings have recently taken place on the issue of climate change, in preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, this December.

Janos Pasztor, a top UN official appointed to tackle the issue, debriefed the press on Thursday on discussions between nations less than 200 days away from what is expected to be a defining moment for the planet's future.

Mr Pasztor also reiterated the findings of the latest intergovernmental panel on climate change.

"Climate action now can limit climate change but if we wait it will be increasingly difficult and more expensive. And of course the Secretary-General is committed to promoting global action that will not only address climate change but also promote economic growth, and greater opportunities of health, education and employment." (0'20")

The Assistant Secretary-General added that if no action is taken, global temperatures will continue to rise much above the 2 degree Celsius limit set by the international community.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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