Civil society urged to "keep leaders accountable" on climate change

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, together with Al Gore, former United States Vice President and Chair of the Climate Reality Project, had a joint encounter with civil society representatives and the press during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21).UN Photo/Mark Garten

Civil society groups around the world have been urged to "keep governments accountable" on climate change.

The call by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, came as the international community continues to negotiate a universal agreement aimed at keeping global temperature rises below two degrees Celsius.

Cristina Silveiro reports from the COP21 meeting in Paris where the negotiations are underway.

A global petition signed by 6.2 million people demanding a "strong agreement that will shift the world away from carbon pollution and rapidly towards climate solutions" has been presented by civil society groups to the COP21 meeting in Paris.

As negotiations continued between delegations representing countries from across the world, the UN Secretary-General, met with representatives of civil society.

He had this message.

"Raise your voice! I will fully support you. And make your Government, community and business leaders accountable for your future. They must implement in deed what they have committed to in words."

It's hoped a deal can be reached by the official end of the conference on Friday.

However, it's reported there are a number of outstanding issues regarding financing and the scope or ambition of the deal which need finalizing.

Cristina Silveiro at the UN climate change conference in Paris

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