With 130 world leaders attending, with the aim to put plans in place for the next decade, I am pleased that a limit on emissions to safe levels of 2C with an aspiration of 1.5C, has been adopted by developed and developing countries alike, with regular reviews to ensure these commitments can be increased in line with scientific advice.

 

The deal sets out a clear long-term goal of net zero emissions by the end of the century, showing that the world is committed to decarbonising. Progress against this goal will be independently assessed in 2018 and every five years thereafter.

 

Finance will be provided to poorer nations to help them cut emissions and cope with the effects of extreme weather. Countries affected by climate-related disasters will gain urgent aid.

 

All developed countries will collectively mobilise $100 billion per year from both the public and private sector, to help the poorest and most vulnerable countries to protect themselves from the effects of climate change and support low carbon development.

 

Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP said:

“In striking this deal, the nations of the world have shown what unity, ambition and perseverance can do. Britain is already leading the way in work to cut emissions and help less developed countries cut theirs - and this global deal now means that the whole world has signed up to play its part in halting climate change. It’s a moment to remember and a huge step forward in helping to secure the future of our planet.”

 

I am pleased that this deal is building on global commitments to tackle climate change. All parts of society, not just Government, must work together and cohesively to make a real difference, not only nationally, but globally.

 

Further information about the deal can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/world-agrees-historic-global-climate-deal