UN chief expresses hope for climate deal that brings better future for all

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The climate change talks currently underway in Paris must result in an agreement that addresses the issue and puts the world on a path for long-term prosperity, stability and peace, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

Mr Ban was speaking to journalists at UN Headquarters in New York where he updated them on the negotiations as well as announcing upcoming plans to address the Syrian conflict and violent extremism.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN chief was fresh from Paris where he participated in the opening days of the global climate change conference. 

The talks began on Monday and Mr Ban said he was "very encouraged" by what he saw and heard. 

Some 190 countries are at the conference and nearly all have submitted their climate action plans. 

Mr Ban added that major economies have made "significant commitments" to cut emissions that contribute to global warming, while many developed countries have made financial commitments to support poor and vulnerable countries with adapting to climate impacts. 

However, the Secretary-General  said there is still much work ahead as key issues remain unresolved and the clock is ticking. 

"The world has gone too long without a universal climate agreement that includes all countries as part of the solution. We cannot delay any longer. There is no perfect agreement. But our goal is clear: an agreement that truly addresses climate change, and puts the world on track for long-term prosperity, stability and peace. That is what the days ahead in Paris can and must deliver." 

Mr Ban also addressed the refugee crisis, much of which he said stems from the five-year-long conflict in Syria. 

He said the UN is working to launch an initiative in early January that involves political talks among the parties and a nationwide ceasefire. 

The UN chief also touched on the issue of terrorism. 

Mr Ban announced that he will soon present UN Member States a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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