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|From Paris: An Historic
Global Climate Agreement
Paris, 12 December 2015 - An historic agreement to combat climate
change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient
and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris today.
The Paris Agreement for the
first time brings all nations into
a common cause based on their
historic, current and future
The universal agreement’s
main aim is to keep a global
temperature rise this century
well below 2 degrees Celsius
and to drive efforts to limit the
temperature increase even further
to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The 1.5 degree Celsius limit is a significantly safer defense line against the
worst impacts of a changing climate.
Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability
to deal with the impacts of climate change.
To reach these ambitious and important goals,
appropriate financial flows will be put in place, thus
making stronger action by developing countries and the
most vulnerable possible, in line with their own national
“The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to
go back home with their heads held high. Our collective effort is worth
more than the sum of our individual effort. Our responsibility to history is
immense” said Laurent Fabius, President of the COP 21 UN Climate
change conference and French Foreign Minister.
The minister, his emotion showing as delegates started to rise to their feet,
brought the final gavel down on the agreement to open and sustained
acclamation across the plenary hall.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “We have
entered a new era of global cooperation on one of the
most complex issues ever to confront humanity. For
the first time, every country in the world has pledged
to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and join in
common cause to take common climate action.
This is a resounding success for multilateralism.”
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said: “One planet, one chance to get it
right and we did it in Paris. We have made history together. It is an
agreement of conviction. It is an agreement of solidarity with the most
vulnerable. It is an agreement of long-term vision, for we have to turn this
agreement into an engine of safe growth.”
Read more at the United Nations Environment Program,
UNA-OKC members in the People's Climate March.