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COP21: climate deal 'final draft' text presented in Paris

Published lördag 12 december 2015 kl 12.04
"It's a marvellous achievement but it could have been so much better"
(3:07 min)
The final draft text presented in Paris: Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA/AP
The final draft text presented in Paris: Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA/AP

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has presented a "final" draft text of a global climate pact which he said would be legally binding. He said the accord would aim to keep the rise in global temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius and "endeavor to limit" them even farther, to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Laurent Fabius said: "This text which is necesarily a balanced text, contains the principle elements that we feel or did feel before would be impssobile to agree. The agreement is fair, durable, balanced and legally-binding. It is faithful to the Durban mandate. It acknoweldges the notion of climate justice and takes into account differentiated responsibilites of countries."

The French host said the proposed climate accord eyes $100 billion a year for the developing world from 2020.

The UN's general secretary Ban-Ki moon followed Mr.Fabius to the podium and said to delegates:

"We have come to a defining moment on a long journey that dates back decades.

The document with which you have just been presented, is historic. It promises to set the world on a new path, to a low emissions climate resilient future. The end is in sight, let us now finish the job."

The 20-page text is now being discussed by negotiators at the UN talks on Saturday afternoon. Ministers will now decide whether or not to approve the proposed agreement. 

Sweden's Environment Minister Åsa Romson expects the agreement to be adopted.

"It can happen that individual countries fight very hard," she says to TT.

"But this is an agreement that all countries want to be on and needs to be in order for us to meet the climate challenge."

Åsa Romson is still concerned that the final draft agreement will have been watered down compared with the previous version. Though what was said about the contents of the new text, however, is hopeful she believes.

Björn-Ola Linner, a professor in climate politics at Linköping University, has seen the text and tells Radio Sweden that it is a marvellous achievement to get all countries to agree, but it could have been much better.

"It's marvellous to get 196 countries to agree but it could have been much better. Earlier, there were drafts which were much stronger, in particular with carbonisation.That went out of the text and that is a negative thing." 

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation Secretary-General Svante Axelsson is surprised that all the sharp projections seem to remain in the new text, including the 1.5 C target and the five-year revisions to the emissions plans.

"That's better than I ever dared hope for. A huge success," he says to TT.

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