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Ban Ki-moon: Have courage to grasp climate solutions

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon addresses the conference. Credit: RTV

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called on nations to have the courage to "grasp" the solutions to climate change in Paris.

With the draft agreement still to be adopted, Mr Ban described it as a "historic document" and a "defining moment in a long journey".

He told the COP21 conference: "The end is in sight. Let us now finish the job. The whole world is watching. Billions of people are relying on your wisdom.

"We must protect the planet that sustains us. For that we need all our hands on deck.

"The solutions to climate change are on the table. They are ours for the taking now. Let us have the courage to grasp them."


Paris climate change deal 'necessary for entire world'

Laurent Fabius outlines sections of the agreement in Paris. Credit: RTV

A target to keep global temperature rises "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and limit the impact to 1.5C has been outlined in the final draft agreement at the Paris climate change conference.

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said the conference had come up with "an ambitious and balanced agreement" which was "necessary for the entire world".

He said the agreement, if adopted, should make it possible to reduce the risks and impacts linked to climate change.

"If adopted, this text will mark a historic turning point," Mr Fabius told delegates at the conference in the French capital on Saturday.

He said that every five years there would be a "collective stock take" of progress made towards the targets set in the legally-binding agreement.

"The world is holding its breath," Mr Fabius. "It counts on all of us."

Hollande to join climate talks after draft deal reached

French President Francois Hollande Credit: Reuters

French President Francois Hollande will join the Paris climate talks as world leaders are due to be presented with a final draft text of a historic agreement among all countries to fight global warming together.

The deal is expected to include references to making efforts to keep temperature rises to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial level.

Paris negotiators 'reach draft climate agreement'

Negotiators have reportedly reached an agreement Credit: Reuters

Negotiators at the UN-sponsored climate summit in Paris have reached a draft agreement due to be presented to ministers at 10.30 GMT, according to a French government source.

"There is a draft agreement," the source was quoted by Reuters as saying.

"It is being translated. For it to become a deal, it would have to be adopted."


Street-level changes needed to support climate ambitions

The environmental schemes discussed on a grand scale in Paris must now work in the real world.

We may all have to make changes to help save the planet from devastating climate change.

Street-level changes will support the big ambitions from Paris, but the problem is human behaviour is as difficult to control as the climate itself.

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:

World on the verge of crucial climate change agreement

The world appears to be on the verge of a groundbreaking agreement to tackle climate change, although the final wording is still being argued over at the UN conference in Paris.

The draft text which was published has many agreements in it, but there are still many hard decisions to be made.

ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha reports:

French minister 'optimistic' for climate change deal

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Credit: PA

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he was "optimistic" a global deal to combat climate change could be struck after a final draft will be released on Saturday morning.

"We are nearly there. I'm optimistic," Fabius said.

He said he will present the draft at 9am local time (8am GMT).

Efforts to craft a global agreement stumbled on Friday with China and many other nations refusing to yield ground.

France was forced to extend the UN summit by a day to overcome stubborn divisions.

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