Pope Francis urges strong climate deal in Paris

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Pope Francis and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. 26 November 2015. Photo: UNEP/Adam Hodge

World leaders have been urged by the head of the worldwide Catholic Church, Pope Francis, to make a strong agreement at next week's climate change conference in Paris, France.

Speaking at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, he said the world was faced with a choice which cannot be ignored: either to improve or to destroy the environment.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

Pope Francis is visiting Africa for the first time.

The Pontiff arrived in Kenya on Wednesday, the first stop on a three-nation tour which will include Uganda and the Central African Republic, which has been beset by ethnic and religious tensions.

At UNEP in Nairobi. The Pope focused on the forthcoming international conference on climate change being held in Paris next week.

He was speaking through an interpreter.

“In a few days time an important meeting on climate change will be held in Paris, where the international community as such will once again confront these issues.  It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and projects.

It's hoped the conference in the French capital will lead to a universal agreement to reverse climate change.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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