Hope on the horizon as UN Conference on Climate Change gets underway

Hope on the horizon as UN Conference on Climate Change gets underway

Hope on the horizon as UN Conference on Climate Change gets underway

Written by Staff Writer

30 Nov, 2015 | 8:20 pm

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change 2015 commenced in Paris, France with the participation several heads of state on Monday, November 30

President Maithripala Sirisena was also among the top world leaders to attend the Summit. More than 150 world leaders have converged to launch the two-week talks, known as COP21.

Among the many world leaders to attend the summit were Prince Charles, US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The United Nations-sponsored climate conference was officially declared opened by Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar Vidalas. France’s Laurent Fabius was officially elected President of the COP21.

French President, Francois Hollande stated:

Hope has emerged during the preparations for COP 21, the international community in September had provided a complete agenda through the sustainable development goals which were adopted during the UN General Assembly.

He went on to note that 190 states have put forward action plans to reduce green house gas emissions and to adapt to climate change and all actors of the global society, local governments, investors, business, citizens, all have come
on board for climate.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon noted that they have to go faster to reduce the global temperature by two degrees Celsius, as the National Climate Change summit covers close to 100% of global emissions.

Explaining further, he stated that according to science a two degree Celsius rise will have serious consequences on food, water, security economic stability, international peace and security.

A total of 25,000 official delegates hope to secure a legally binding accord for every country to cut carbon emissions. Most of the discussions are expected to centre on an agreement to limit global warming to 2C. Assessments of the more than 180 national plans that have been submitted by countries suggest that if they were implemented the world would see a rise of nearer to 3C.

Security has been ramped up in Le Bourget – the venue of the monumental United Nations climate change talks. There were also a few minor demonstrations outside the conference centre, as protesters dissented against the use of fossil fuels.

The protests come after hundreds of thousands of people from Australia to Paraguay joined the biggest day of climate change activism in history on Saturday, telling world leaders there was “No Planet B” in the fight against global warming.

Meanwhile President Maithripala Sirisena met with the Sri Lankan community in France on Sunday, November 29.

President Sirisena stated that he has clear understanding on the tri-forces of the country, its national security and its future further more than anyone who criticises him – as he would never compromise the national security under any circumstance.

He went on to note that the main issue they had in safeguarding it was that they did not have international assistance but at present as a government the support of the international community has been given.

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