Climate change momentum must continue following global goals agreement

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left), Presidents François Hollande of France (center) and Ollanta Humala Tasso of Peru, brief the press. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

World leaders met on Sunday for a working lunch, to inject "political energy" into the quest for a new climate change agreement at the end of this year.

French president Francois Hollande said that he was optimistic that a consensus will be reached at the global climate summit in Paris, due to take place in early December.

Matthew Wells reports.

Mr Hollande, said there was no discord among the thirty or so leaders who gathered on the fringe of the UN General Assembly to discuss the road to Paris and a comprehensive climate change agreement in December. But, he added that much remained to be finalized, in terms of carbon emissions trading – so-called Cap and Trade, and overall financing for any deal:

"Now it will be up to France and other countries, and with the support of the SG to reach an agreement in Paris. Everyone is now convinced there will be an agreement in Paris, but the matter is to know what agreement, and with what ambitions."

The Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon pointed out that an agreement in Paris and the newly-adopted 2030 agenda for sustainable development were mutually supportive, and essential for making progress.

There was consensus, said Mr Ban, that the agreement had to be a long-term commitment focussed on protecting the most vulnerable, and that the Paris conference would be "the floor, not the ceiling" for collective ambition.

Matthew Wells, United Nations. 

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