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Saturday, December 19, 2015

UN chief hails new climate change agreement as 'Monumental Triumph'

We just finished recording a great show with an attendee in Paris.  It has been a long process--no agreement reached in Copenhagen.  Yet, we struck some gold in Paris as all countries, large and small, agreed to cut carbon levels.

What we leaned during this recent interview is that business played a key role in pushing the collaboration it took to get a deal done.  Not a surprise to us as, through prism, the business side of green, we've seen dramatic advances by co's on adopting triple-bottom line missions.  The working world will be a big part of the transformation and solution.

The stage is set for migrating away from a fossil-fuel economy.  Incentives, levies, transparency, social expectations will be the fuel towards a financial system powered by efficiency and clean energy.  God Bless.

It is also a monumental time to be on this planet.  Be proud.

Following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said government representatives made history today.

“The Paris Agreement is a monumental triumph for people and our planet,” said Mr. Ban in a tweet, immediately following its adoption. “It sets the stage for progress in ending poverty, strengthening peace and ensuring a life of dignity and opportunity for all.”

Gaveling the Agreement with a green hammer, the French Foreign Minister and President of COP21, Laurent Fabius, announced the historic news – a moment greeted with loud applause and cheers, as the room stood up. Many delegates hugged, while others had tears in their eyes.

For the first time today, 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and joined to take common climate action. This followed two weeks of tireless negotiations at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21).

The Paris Agreement and the outcomes of COP21 cover all the crucial areas identified as essential for a landmark conclusion: mitigation – reducing emissions fast enough to achieve the temperature goal; a transparency system and global stock-take – accounting for climate action; adaptation – strengthening ability of countries to deal with climate impacts; loss and damage – strengthening ability to recover from climate impacts; and support – including finance, for nations to build clean, resilient futures.

“In the face of an unprecedented challenge, you have demonstrated unprecedented leadership,” the UN chief said taking the COP21 stage just minutes later. “You have worked collaboratively to achieve something that no one nation could achieve alone. This is a resounding success for multilateralism.”
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