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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

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".


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...