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World awaits a strong climate pact, UN chief tells ministers

Don't duck hard choices, he says, as delegates try to reach a final accord by Friday

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Mr Ban, seen with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (left front), Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and UN special envoy for cities Michael Bloomberg (far right), said the private sector needed a clear signal that a shift to low emissions was "inevitable".

Paris

WARNING that the "clock is ticking towards climate catastrophe", UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon urged governments on Monday to agree a strong deal to limit global warming and transform the economy to greener energy.

"Outside these negotiating halls, there is a rising global