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Paris climate talks enter 2nd week

The Paris climate conference has entered its second week.

Now the final draft of the agreement is on the table and ministers from more than 190 countries are taking matters into their own hands.

Several big issues remain, but the goal can’t be clearer: a universal agreement.

More countries, now even cities have pledged financial support to the battle against climate change.

STANDUP (ENGLISH) GU DUNYU, CNC correspondent
“This is a snapshot that the UN secretariat has put together, showing all the money that’s been funneled into climate funding. It is not a comprehensive record, but you do get a sense that the list has been growing, particularly in the period running up to the Paris summit.”

Of course it’s very good news, but what does it mean for the 100 billion U.S. dollars that rich nations have promised? For now it seems it’s difficult to add that up.

The president of the conference Laurent Fabius Tuesday started the session saying that this week is going to be a week of hope.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) LAURENT FABIUS, French Foreign Minister
“The time for decision has come, concerning this universal and even existential challenge, which is climate warming.”

The UN Secretary General reminded Ministers that more than 150 leaders have thrown their weight behind reaching a final climate deal.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BAN KI-MOON, UN Secretary General
“Your task is to translate this historic call for action into a durable, dynamic, credible and fair climate agreement.”

Ban ki-moon says China has set a very good example in tackling climate change.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BAN KI-MOON, UN Secretary General
“Chinese commitment to address their own environmental issues and also contribute to this ongoing negotiations to make this world healthier and better. I think that is highly commendable.”

China is the second largest economy in the world, but that has come at a cost.

It has become the largest emitter, and the government of Beijing has just issued the highest alert for smog.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) XIE ZHENHUA, China special representative
“Our mode of development is still relatively extensive, structure not suitable. We need to transform our mode of development. Addressing climate change is not something forced on us; it’s something we need to do.”

A lot of leaders have repeated one thing in different occasions, that current ambition must be the floor not the ceiling for efforts.

The goal is very clear.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) LAURENT FABIUS, French Foreign Minister
“We need a universal agreement on climate.”

STANDUP (ENGLISH) GU DUNYU, CNC correspondent
“The facilitators appointed by Laurent Fabius have just updated the Conference of Parties of the latest consultation results. They’ve actually used the word progress quite many times, indicating the general mood of the conference is quite positive. But they also say the major sticking points are unsolved. Some of them proposed that the draft process needs to be accelerated, and Fabius says these proposals can probably be solved by tomorrow morning.”

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