Climate deal "monumental triumph for people and planet"

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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, (centre) celebrates a “monumental” climate deal in Paris Photo: UN Spokesperson

The international community has reached an historic agreement on climate change in Paris, which has been described by the UN Secretary-General as "a monumental triumph for people and planet".

The deal commits countries across the world to keep global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius.

Negotiators from 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) spent two weeks working on the the agreement.

Cristina Silveiro reports from the French capital.

To the sound of impassioned applause and a room-wide standing ovation, the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted on Saturday at COP21 by the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change. 

Soon after its adoption, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates they had made history and had entered a new era of global cooperation on one of the most complex issues ever to confront humanity.

The UN chief said negotiators reached "solid results on all key points," with an agreement that demonstrates solidarity.

"All countries have agreed to hold global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius. And recognizing the risk of grave consequences, you have further agreed to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. You have listened to the voices of the most vulnerable and recognized the importance of minimizing and addressing loss and damage. This is especially important for the nations of Africa, Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries.”

Highlighting the role of the private sector, the UN chief said business leaders came to Paris in unprecedented numbers.

He added that with the agreement markets now have the clear signal they need to unleash the full force of human ingenuity and scale up investments that will generate low emissions and resilient growth,

Cristina Silveiro, United Nations, reporting from COP21 in Paris.

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