World Bulletin / News Desk
Some 150 heads of government and state kicked off high-stakes negotiations on Monday aimed at curbing global warming and helping poor countries cope with its impacts.
Here are key quotes from the opening statements:
Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general
"Let me be clear: The fate of the Paris agreement rests with you. The future of your people, the future of our planet."
"We have never faced such a test -- a political moment like this may not come again."
Francois Hollande, French president
"Never have the stakes of an international meeting been so high, because we are talking about the future of the planet, the future of life."
"The hope of all of humanity rests on all of your shoulders."
Barack Obama, U.S. President
The "future is one that we have the power to change right here right now, but only if we rise to this moment."
Christiana Figueres, UN climate chief
"In the face of adversity, in the face of threats of many kinds, Paris must be where the world unites as one."
"Never has a responsiblity so great been in the hands of so few."
Laurent Fabius, French foreign minister
"As we open the conference in Paris, success is not yet assured, but it is within our grasp."
"The four words that the world is waiting to hear: our mission is accomplished."
Xi Jinping, Chinese President
The rich nations should accept "more shared responsibilities" for steps to limit global warming and to help poor countries adapt to a world changed by higher temperatures.Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Kasım 2015, 15:15