Efforts to reach new climate deal "must accelerate"

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Governments must accelerate their efforts to reach a universal climate agreement in France next December, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking on Monday at an event at UN Headquarters focused on climate change.

Only ten negotiating days remain before leaders meet in the French capital, Paris.

Meanwhile, the UN chief said key political issues are still on the table.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Now is when true leadership is needed from the highest levels, the UN Secretary-General told a room of Heads of State and Government.

Ban Ki-moon stressed that the global community's journey towards bold climate action is at a critical moment.

He said there are only a few short years left to do what is needed to have a reasonable chance of staying within the internationally agreed temperature rise threshold of 2 degrees Celsius.

"If we fail, we will condemn our children and grandchildren to a future of climate chaos. If we succeed, we can set the world on course for greater stability, better health and stronger economies that benefit all. All countries can and must be part of the solution."

Mr Ban highlighted what he believes a meaningful climate agreement could include.

He said it must commit to building a low-carbon future, support clean energy investments, and be flexible to adapt to new ambitious goals over time.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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