Written by Tharushan Fernando
12 Dec, 2015 | 10:12 pm
Organisers of the climate talks in Paris say a final draft text has been agreed on after nearly two weeks of intensive negotiations at COP21 – the Global Climate Change Summit.
No details of the proposed agreement have been released so far. The tentative deal was reached nearly sixteen hours after the talks had been scheduled to close. Officials from 195 nations were locked in negotiations through the night, seeking to resolve the final sticking points: the phrasing of a goal for phasing out carbon emissions later this century, as well as the frequency of further negotiations meant to encourage even faster action.
An official in the office of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told international media that the draft would be presented to ministers at 10:30 GMT or 4.00 a.m. on Sunday the 13th, Sri Lankan time. The accord aims to transform the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and rein in global warming.
Analysts say that this is not a done deal – it will only be finally adopted if there are no objections raised at the ministerial meeting, and even this is unlikely to come before afternoon in the French capital.
Laurent Fabius, who has presided over the talks, had said earlier that the “conditions were never better” for a strong and ambitious agreement.
Representing Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena attended the event at the initial stages while a group of officials from the President’s Office, Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana thero and an expert team from the Ministry of Environment attended the summit later on.
If successful, it will be a powerful symbol to world citizens and a signal to investors that for the first time in over twenty years, the world will have a common vision for cutting back on the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for overheating the planet, and a plan for ending two centuries of fossil fuel dominance.
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