FRANCE: Hollande vaunts "historic" climate-saving blueprint, but countries still need to sign

“History has arrived,” declared French President François Hollande on Saturday, shortly after the proposed 195-nation accord was presented to ministers.

What it entails, goes beyond initial estimations forecasting a 2°C limit to global warming; that figure has now been raised to 1.5°C.

“This draft accord is ambitious, balanced, and measured,” said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, furthermore it is “fair and legally binding,” he added.

After a fortnight of intense negotiations and lack of sleep, negotiators finally etched a deal to prevent the planet from being overwhelmed by catastrophic climate change.

The main points are as follows:

  • Limit of global temperatures to 1.5°C
  • 100$ billion (92 billion euros) fund for poor countries per year
  • Assessment every 5 years
  • Legally binding
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But it’s still just a pre-agreement and no one has as yet signed.

“Countries need to finish the job”, UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon said, urging the 195 nations to adopt the climate-saving blueprint.

“Don’t miss your opportunity with history,” a serious Hollande insisted in the same vein.

“The world is holding its breath and counting on all of us,” added Fabius, his voice occasionally breaking with emotion.

The draft deal will be submitted to a formal vote this afternoon.

Source: rfi afrique