"Moment of truth” for Paris climate talks

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right), French Foreign Minister and COP21 President, Laurent Fabius (centre), and French President Franois Hollande (left) at the UN climate change conference in Paris. 12 December 2015. Photo Credit: UNFCCC

The "moment of truth has come".

Those were the words of the President of the United Nations COP21 talks, Laurent Fabius, as the final draft document on a universal climate change deal was released in Paris.

The international community has been meeting for two weeks in the French capital the hope of agreeing a deal which will keep global temperature rises below two degrees Celsius.

Cristina Silveiro is at the negotiations.

The final draft outcome of the Paris Climate change agreement was released to member states for Review in Paris at midday.  Earlier, during a plenary meeting of the Comite de Paris, UN Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon called on Parties to 'finish the job', saying solutions were on the table  and there for the taking.

"The end is in sight. Let us now finish the job. The whole world is watching. Billions of people are relying on your wisdom,"

Ban Ki-moon called on governments to keep the spirit of compromise, warning them against letting the quest for perfection become the enemy of the public good.  He added he looked forward to joining delegates later today to celebrate the new agreement.

In a moving speech, punctuated by tears and applause,  Minister Laurent Fabius told delegations  the current text had provisions that take main regional stakes into account.

For the new universal climate change agreement to come into effect, the 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will need to adopt the outcome document.

Cristina Silveiro, United Nations , reporting from COP21 in Paris

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