UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with the press upon his return from COP21. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Countries around the world have made an “historic choice” to "work as one" following the adoption of a new universal climate change agreement.

That's according to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon who was speaking on his return to UN headquarters in New York following the adoption of the deal in Paris, France on Saturday.

The deal agreed in Paris will commit countries to keep global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius and to push for one and half degrees.

The agreement has taken years of work to finalize. It's an issue which Ban Ki-moon has made a priority during his tenure as UN Secretary-General.

He had this to say to reporters on Monday in New York.

Ban said the Paris Agreement is a victory for people, for the common good, and for multilateralism, a health insurance policy for the planet.

He added that the deal marks a "decisive turning point in the global quest for a safer, more sustainable and prosperous future.

Source; UN Radio/Daniel Dickinson



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