"Durable and fair" climate change deal urged by UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of High-Level Segment of COP21. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The international community has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to come up with a "durable, dynamic, credible and fair climate agreement."

Ban Ki-moon was speaking as a second week of negotiations kicked off in Paris on Monday with the aim of reaching a new universal climate deal to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius.

Negotiators have a new draft of the agreement in hand, which is about half the length of the one they started with last week.

Cristina Silveiro reports from Paris.

Calling climate change a defining issue of our time, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told top government officials gathered in Paris that the opportunity exists "to define our own destiny" at the climate change conference—known as COP21.

"In rising to the climate challenge, we can set the world on a sustainable footing for generations to come, and lay the foundation for prosperity and security for all," Ban Ki-moon outlined five main priorities for the agreement.

First, he underscored the need to have a deal that will limit temperature rises to less than 2 degrees Celsius, given that for many low-lying and least developed countries, even a 1.5 degree rise will have grave consequences.

He added it must entail a five year cycle review mechanism.

The UN chief also stated that the private sector needs a clear signal that the low-emissions transformation of the global economy is inevitable, beneficial and already under way.
Meanwhile, developed countries must agree to lead, while developing countries need to assume increasing responsibility in line with their capabilities.

Ban Ki-moon further stressed that the agreement must ensure sufficient adaptation and mitigation support for the poorest and most vulnerable countries.

Finally, he said the new agreement must provide a single framework for measuring, monitoring and reporting progress in a transparent manner.

Ban Ki-moon called on negotiators to cooperate, united by common purpose and common sense, to secure our common home and shared future, warning that the decisions they make here, in Paris, will reverberate down through the ages.

Cristina Silveiro, United Nations.

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