World leaders must "deliver" on climate change deal

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) confers with Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the European Commission, during the special session on climate change as part of the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

World leaders have been told by the UN Secretary-General that they must "deliver" on a climate change deal at the forthcoming meeting in Paris.

The international community will begin talks in the French capital from Monday in the hope of securing a universal agreement which will reverse climatic changes.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The meeting in Paris will bring together leaders from across the world to, hopefully agree, a deal which will, among other goals, keep global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius.

Speaking in Malta a day before he was due to arrive in Paris for the COP21 meeting on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that leaders have been urged by citizens to come up with a e deal.

He said that science had made it "plainly clear" that climate change caused by harmful gasses in the atmosphere was leading to increased global temperatures.

He added that although it may be premature to prejudge what will happen at the meeting, it does look as though, in his words, "all the stars seem to be aligning in the same direction."

If an agreement is made then "succeeding generations can live in peace and harmony and prosperity, in a safer way," he said.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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