COP21: Nations Agree on Global Climate Deal
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News December 12, 2015
Laurent Fabius, center, French foreign affairs minister and president-designate of COP21, raises hands with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, and France's President Francois Hollande, right, after the adoption of a historic global warming pact at the COP21 Climate Conference. Photo: AFP/GETTY
A “historic” package of measures on capping rising temperatures worldwide has been signed at Paris summit. While it obliges states to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, activists say it's not enough.
The 31-page draft of the "Paris Agreement" stated that it "aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.
Both UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and French President Francois Hollande asked member nations to come together to adopt the agreement.
"The time has come to acknowledge that national interests are best served by acting in the international interest," Moon said. "We have to do as science dictates. We must protect the planet that sustains us. We need all our hands on deck."
The document, presented to international negotiators on Saturday, suggests that the world urgently needs to increase "the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production."
Shortly after the announcement the White House tweeted its approval from President Obama's account, sayiong "This is huge."