"Historic choice" of world countries to "work as one"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with the press upon his return from COP21. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Countries around the world have made an "historic choice" to "work as one" following the adoption of a new universal climate change agreement.

That's according to the United Nations Secretary-General, who was speaking on his return to UN headquarters in New York following the adoption of the deal in Paris, France on Saturday.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

The deal agreed in Paris will commit countries to keep global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius and to push for one and half degrees.

Climate change is one of the most complex issues ever to confront humanity and this agreement has taken years of work to finalize. It's an issue which Ban Ki-moon has made a priority during his tenure as UN Secretary-General.

He had this to say to reporters on Monday in New York.

"The countries of the world have made a historic choice. They have unanimously decided to work as one to rise to the defining challenge of our times. The Paris Agreement is a victory for people, for the common good, and for multilateralism. It is a health insurance policy for the planet."

Mr Ban added that the deal marks a "decisive turning point in the global quest for a safer, more sustainable and prosperous future".

Countries around the world will now begin to implement their nationally agreed climate plans as a first step towards reducing global temperatures.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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