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France: Merkel calls on COP21 to "do everything" to keep climate change promises

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Published on Nov 30, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a United Nations framework agreement that is ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding whilst speaking at the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Monday. During her address, Merkel noted that "for the first time more than 170 countries - industrialised countries, emerging economies and developing countries - have submitted INDCs that will hopefully enable us to attain this two degree goal."



SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "We are meeting here in Paris in what are turbulent times and indeed times that fill us with great concern. Not far away from here terrorists, only a few days ago, attacked the people of Paris and in so doing attacked us all. We strongly condemn terror no matter where it goes on a rampage. But through our presence here today we show we are stronger than the terrorists."


SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "We need a United Nations framework agreement that is ambitious, comprehensive, that is fair and that is binding."


SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "For the first time more than 170 countries - industrialised countries, emerging economies and developing countries - have submitted INDCs that will hopefully enable us to attain this two degree goal. The good message is that's 95 percent of global CO2 emissions. The bad news is we will not be able yet to attain the two degree goal with all of these INDCs, so this message has to go out from this summit here today, how we can credibly attain this goal in the upcoming years."


SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "What we are talking about here is a profound transformation of the way we do business, cutting across the board all of the different branches."


SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "We have set a clear target for Germany. We are going to reduce our emissions until 2020 by 40 percent and until 2050 we will achieve a reduction of 80 to 95 percent."


SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "The most vulnerable countries, the poorest countries have to be given possibilities to attain sustainable development by giving them the necessary funds, the necessary finance. This is the day here in Paris where we have to show that what we promised in Copenhagen we will deliver. As of 2020, 100 billion US dollars annually, and do this in a sustainable manner so that others are able to also achieve climate change. Germany, compared to 2014, will until 2020 double its public funding."


SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "This is a question of environmental necessity but it is also a question of economic common sense. It has something to do with generational fairness. It has something to do with showing a human spirit. Our very future as human kind hinges on this. Germany is going to give its contribution so that we may all have a good future. Billions of people are pinning their hopes on what we do here in Paris during the next few days to come, let us do everything we can in order to not dash those hopes, in order to not have them despair."

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