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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

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 tide of support for a strong, universal agreement," Mr Ban told environment and foreign ministers at the start of an intense home stretch of the talks, due to end on Friday.

He urged delegates from almost 200 nations not to duck the hard choices they face as four years of often glacial-paced negotiations peak. The talks are aimed at producing the strongest agreement yet to bind both rich and poor to curb greenhouse gas...

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