Update September 29, 2015

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Ban Ki-moon expects ‘durable’ deal in Paris climate conference

Sumel Sarker

Ban ki moon

He urges leaders to show flexibility, vision

29 September 2015, Nirapad News: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said world leaders have voiced broad support for reaching a durable agreement in the upcoming Paris climate conference.

The deal is expected to accelerate investment in clean energy and spur a global, low-carbon transformation well before the end of the century, consistent with a below 2 degrees Celsius pathway.

“Leaders have expressed their resolve to finalise a durable, meaningful agreement in Paris that applies to all countries,” Ban told reporters following a high-level working lunch held on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which opened in New York on Friday and wrapped up Sunday, according to UN News Centre.

The Summit, which has adopted the landmark new sustainability blueprint, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate over the next 15 years – is also being seen as an opportunity to continue momentum ahead of the twenty-first meeting of States Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), informally known as COP 21, taking place in the French capital this December.

“Our meeting today was not a negotiation, but an informal gathering to inject greater political energy,” explained the UN chief at a press conference alongside Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and French President François Hollande, who both had participated in the working lunch and welcomed the generally positive nature of the discussions.

Stressing that the points of political convergence that had emerged must be translated into tangible action, the Secretary-General said that leaders had noted that a Paris agreement must be a turning point that sends a clear signal to citizens and the private sector that the transformation of the global economy is inevitable, beneficial, and already underway.

“There was also consensus that the agreement must strengthen resilience to climate impacts, with a focus on the poorest and most vulnerable. Leaders agreed that Paris must be the floor, not the ceiling, for collective ambition,” said Ban.

While noting that collectively, national contributions are still not enough, the UN chief said he was pleased to hear leaders pledge to continue working closely with each other and with other leaders to remove political roadblocks.

“I appeal to all leaders to show flexibility, vision and leadership,” said Ban, noting that the UN general Assembly had just adopted the inspiring new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and that momentum must continue with a ‘robust’ agreement in Paris.

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