"The stars are aligned" in favour of strong climate change action

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an interview with UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, at COP21.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

"The stars are aligned" like never before in favour of concerted action on climate change.

The upbeat conclusion of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the end of the first week of the historic COP21 summit in the French capital, Paris.

Earlier on Saturday, delegates agreed a draft deal text they hope will form the basis for an agreement on limiting carbon emissions by the end of next week.

Mr Ban appeared at several high-level gatherings through the day, including a meeting with parliamentarians from around the world. He told them their role was "vital for translating global commitments into meaningful, enforceable and ambitious action at the national level."

With a summary of the day's events at the UN summit, here's Cristina Silveiro.

As the United Nations climate change conference marked "Action Day" with more than 1300 stakeholders in the north-east of Paris, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the purpose of the occasion was to highlight solutions the world "so urgently" needs.

Today, as never before, the stars are aligned in favour of strong, concerted action on climate change. The pace of climate action is quickening. Governments, cities, the private sector, investors, and the public at large increasingly understand the grave risks posed by climate change. They also see the tangible benefits to be gained by early action.  These include economic growth, new markets, job creation, cleaner air and improved health.

Earlier in the day, he met with a delegation of US Senators to talk about the state of the discussions so far at the conference, and later he joined French and international parliamentarians at the country's National Assembly.

Mr. Ban underscored the key role they play in supporting an effective national and global response to climate change. 

Ban Ki-moon also announced he will co-sponsor a "Climate Action 2016" summit, bringing together leaders from government, business, cities, civil society and academia next May in Washington, D.C. 

Also today on the margins of COP21, Mr. Ban met with UN Messenger of Peace and climate change advocate Leonardo DiCaprio.

As the Conference gets ready to enter its second and final week, Ban Ki-moon told Mr. DiCaprio that the global community is moving in the right direction to reach a new climate agreement, although slowly, and that he is urging negotiators to accelerate the pace of their discussions.

Christina Silveiro, United Nations, from COP21 in Paris.

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