His remarks came at the start of two weeks of make-or-break negotiations to finalise a sweeping global agreement to cut carbon emissions and hopefully stave off the worst effects of climate change. "Our responsibility is to sign a fair, inclusive and legally binding agreement". One of the things being negotiated is a ratchet-up mechanism that would encourage countries to review and improve their targets every five years.
"We simply can not afford to continue polluting the planet at the current pace", World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.
Obama would have little chance of getting the Republican-run Congress to vote to approve a fully binding new climate treaty fighting global warming. The U.S.is second at 14 percent. "Leaders should bear and feel moral and political responsibility for humanity and this is the one which will really help put an end to poverty, making our cities healthier and more livable and making our lives much safer and more prosperous with human dignity", Ban said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans have warned other countries not to trust any deal Obama may strike.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while inaugurating the India Pavilion at the COP21 event, said India meant to make massive changes to its energy profile by increasing the share of renewables, achieving 175 GW by 2022.
"The prosperous still have a strong carbon footprint and the world's billions at the bottom of the development ladder are seeking space to grow", he said.
The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, also visited the attack site, where she met with relatives of one of the Chilean victims.
Despite enduring differences with China's President Xi Jinping over cybersecurity and maritime security issues, Mr. Obama said coordination with Beijing has nonetheless been vital and fruitful when it comes to climate change.
"There's a close link between the drying-up of the lake and the terrorism of Boko Haram", said Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou. "If we let the world keep warming as fast as it is, and sea levels rising as fast as they are, and weather patterns shifting in more unexpected ways, before long were going to have to devote more and more economic resources not to growing opportunities for our people, but to adapting to the various consequences of a changing planet".
The Nigeria-based Boko Haram has expanded attacks this year into Cameroon, Chad and Niger in a 6-year-old uprising has killed thousands and driven up to 2.3 million from their homes.
Just forward of the Paris summit, the United Nations' climate company World Meteorological Organization had additionally launched a report displaying that 2015 will most certainly be the hottest yr ever recorded.
"What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it?"
COP 21 President and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius outlined three conditions for success inParis: mobilizing heads of state and government; bringing together and obtaining commitments from non-governmental entities; and reaching "a universal, ambitious climate agreement that is differentiated, fair, lasting, dynamic, balanced, legally-binding and ensures staying below 2°C". "I want our actions to be big enough to draw on the talents of all our people - men and women, rich and poor", Obama said.
"France wants to lead by example", the French president said of his country's commitment to boosting Africa's green energy transition.
Facing such alarming projections, the leaders of nations responsible for about 90 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions have come bearing pledges to reduce their national carbon output, through different measures at different rates.
Prince Charles, South American indigenous leaders and other dignitaries are holding a special meeting Tuesday to call attention to shrinking global forests from South America to Russian Federation and Africa.Source : http://presschronicle.com/2015/12/13/france-to-donate-two-bln-euros-to-renewable-energy-in-africa.html
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