Dozens of promises made by leaders on the COP21 opening


World leaders pose for the family photo at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, 30 November 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) due to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December will proceed as planned, despite the terrorist attacks of 13 November. The aim is to reach an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curtail climate change.

Now the negotiators need to find a way to translate that promises into action as they have two weeks for reaching a consensus and sign a global climate treaty.

On the opening day of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), dozens of announcements were made in Paris by leaders, all aiming to generate climate solutions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said that reaching a global climate treaty for reducing the greenhouse gases is “a question of the future of humanity.” German public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, spoke with Kumi Naidoo, head of Greenpeace International who welcomed Merkel’s speech but she said that decarbonization can be a...

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