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Nations agree on rules for implementing Paris climate agreement

Sunday - 16/12/2018 12:31
Nations dragged a deal over the line Saturday to implement the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world's most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming.
Janek Skarzynski, AFP | Participants pose for a picture during the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 14, 2018.
Janek Skarzynski, AFP | Participants pose for a picture during the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 14, 2018.

Delegates from nearly 200 states finalised a common rule book designed to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).

"Putting together the Paris agreement work programme is a big responsibility," said COP24 president Michal Kurtyka as he gavelled through the manual following the talks in Poland that ran deep into overtime.   

"It has been a long road. We did our best to leave no-one behind."

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