Paris climate change deal is a health insurance policy for planet : UN Sec Gen

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Ban ki moonNew Delhi : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented his expectations from the new climate change deal and described it as a ‘Helath insurance policy for the planet.’ He said it has been a first ever co-ordinated event when every nation in the world has pledged to curb emissions and address the urgent need for climate change. Calling upon all governments to put their pledge into action, Ban Ki-moon, on his return from COP21 conference in Paris, said – The countries of the world have made a historic choice. The Paris Agreement is a victory for people, for the common good, and for multilateralism. It is a health insurance policy for the planet.

Categorizing the climate agreement as the most significant action in years to uphold the UN Charter mandate to save succeeding generations, Ban said nations have unanimously decided to work as one to rise to the defining challenge of current times. In his exact words — For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and act internationally and domestically to address climate change. It marks a decisive turning point in the global quest for a safer, more sustainable and prosperous future. It will save lives, improve human well-being and promote more peaceful, stable societies. For nine years, I have spoken repeatedly with nearly every world leader about how the growing human imprint on the planet threatens our lives, our economies, our security and our survival. I have mobilised business and engaged civil society. I have never lost faith that the international community could rise to the climate challenge. Now I count on Governments, and all sectors of society, to turn these commitments into urgent, decisive action.

The 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Saturday adopted the Paris Agreement after two weeks of intensive negotiations at the summit. This time, the accord covers major crucial areas shortlisted as essential for a landmark conclusion, namely — mitigation reducing emissions fast enough to achieve the temperature goal, transparent system inclusive of global stock-taking and accounting for climate action, and, adapting a support based on parameters related to finance which could direct the nations to move towards building clean, resilient futures.

Ban said it embodied a successful new approach to global cooperation on climate change, wherein participating countries jointly and severally acknowledged that their national interest would be best served by acting for the common good for transforming global economy to low-emission, climate-resilient growth.

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