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High-level climate negotiations launched in France

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Over 150 heads of state have convened in UN climate change negotiations in Paris on November 30 to sign a long-awaited, long-term agreement on reducing global carbon emissions to limit global warming to 2°C.

The last major meeting in 2009 ended in failure, however, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is chairing the meeting, stated a deal was within reach, BBC reports.

Christiana Figueres, the head of the UN’s climate change negotiations, addressed delegates at the launch of the summit.

«Never before has a responsibility so great been in the hands of so few. The world is looking to you. The world is counting on you,» she announced.

Assessments of the more than 180 national plans that have been submitted by countries indicate that, if they were implemented, the world would see a temperature rise of closer to 3°C.

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