The final draft of the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement has been announced following two weeks of fraught debates.
The French foreign minister revealed the ‘historic’ legally binding agreement to more than 190 officials in Paris around midday.
The report confirmed countries – if they accept the 31-page draft – will be expected to work towards limiting global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. Negotiators will reconvene this afternoon to approve or reject the agreement.
French President Francois Hollande pleaded with delegates to accept the ‘ambitious’ agreement, which was finalised during late-night negotiations.
He said: ‘You will make a choice for your country, for your continent, but also a choice for the world. It will be a major leap for mankind.’
He added: ‘History is coming. In fact, history is here.’
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also made an impassioned speech to world diplomats negotiating the potential draft.
He said: ‘The whole world is watching. Billions of people are relying on your wisdom.
‘The time has come to acknowledge that national interests are best served by acting in the international interest.
‘We have to do as science dictates. We must protect the planet that sustains us. We need all our hands on deck.’
The meeting came after legal teams and translators spent Saturday morning combing the document before it was presented.
Announcing the final draft, the country’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius said: ‘We are almost at the end of the path. It’s my deep conviction that we have come up with an ambitious and balanced agreement.
‘The world is holding its breath, it’s counting on all of us.’
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