"No time to waste" to reach global climate change accord

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Joint Press Conference with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left), Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs of France (centre) and Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of Environment of Peru.UN Photo/Evan Schneider

As climate change is occurring faster than expected, there is "no time to waste" in forging a global deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters in Paris on Wednesday about the need to ensure an ambitious agreement is reached at the climate change summit in the French capital this December.

Maria Carlino reports.

The slow pace of negotiations on a universal, legally binding accord to combat climate change must stop, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon warned that less than 100 days are left to reach a final deal to address dangerous changes in the earth's weather patterns caused by human behaviour.

He urged Member States to set aside national interests and come up with a strong global agreement for adoption at the UN climate change conference in December.

"That is why I'm asking world leaders to give a clear message to their negotiators that they should accelerate this negotiation. I'm asking ministers of the world to give the negotiators clear direction, and that's what I discussed yesterday with President Hollande and also Chancellor Merkel of Germany and President Humala of Peru yesterday here at Élysées."

Scientists have warned that to prevent dangerous interference with the earth's climate, the average global temperature must not rise more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Maria Carlino, United Nations

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