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U.N. chief urges world leaders to speed up climate talks


Paris – UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders on Wednesday to look beyond their national interests and make sure a global deal to fight climate change was agreed at talks in Paris in 2015.
“We don’t have much time, I hope negotiators and ministers will look beyond their national interests, which is why I’m asking world leaders to give a clear message that they should accelerate this negotiation, ‘’ Ban said.
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Pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions currently fall far short of what is needed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times.
Just over 50 countries have so far made pledges.
The 2 degree limit is what scientists say can prevent the most devastating consequences of climate change.
Highlighting how far there still is to go, Ban said that key issues such as financing for developing nations and the legally binding nature of the deal remained unsolved. (Reuters/NAN)

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