PM to address UN Climate Change Conference today

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PARIS (Web Desk) – In his address to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris today (Monday), Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to highlight Pakistan‘s efforts in tackling challenge of the climate change.

On the sidelines of the conference, he will hold separate meetings with world leaders, including French President Francois Hollande.

According to the organizing committee, the objective of the 2015 conference is to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate.

Heads and representatives of one hundred and forty-seven countries are participating in the conference.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people have marched worldwide to demand action to stop climate change. Campaign group says more than five hundred seventy thousand protesters took part in marches on all the main continents.

Activists want action at the Paris talks to limit the rise in the average global temperature to 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Talking to newsmen in Paris, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan is ready to contribute to the global efforts to tackle the climate change issues.

He said the developed countries have more responsibility in this respect.

To a question, he said Pakistan will not let come any hurdle in its development process.

The last time that the nations of the world struck a binding agreement to fight global warming was 1997, in Kyoto, Japan. As leaders gather for a conference in Paris on Monday to try to do more, it‘s clear things have changed dramatically over the past 18 years.

Some differences can be measured: degrees on a thermometer, trillions of tons of melting ice, a rise in sea level of a couple of inches. Epic weather disasters, including punishing droughts, killer heat waves and monster storms, have plagued Earth.

As a result, climate change is seen as a more urgent and concrete problem than it was last time.

2015-11-30

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