UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon today hosted a lunch to discuss climate change with Heads of State from around 30 countries. Leaders exchanged views on what the new agreement on climate change, due to be struck in Paris this December, must achieve and what components it must contain.
Speaking after the UN Secretary General's press conference on the lunch, Climate Action Network director Wael Hmaidan said:
"The UN Secretary General's climate lunch today – together with the US-China announcement last week – has made it increasingly clear that world leaders are starting agree on the ingredients that will make up a new treaty on climate change due this December. Those ingredients include a goal to decarbonise the economy well before the end of the century, a way to periodically ramp up climate action, a support package to meet that goal and a plan to increase the resilience of communities. This shared understanding bodes well for getting an agreement in Paris that has the potential to send a powerful signal to investors that the age of fossil fuels is over, and ushers in 100% renewable energy for all. The challenge will now be to make sure the ingredients selected are baked into a cake that's robust enough to avoid the worst climate impacts."