Monday, November 23, 2015

Heads of State Confirm Paris Climate Talks Attendance

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls attends a debate to extend a state of emergency, at the National Assembly in Paris, France, November 19, 2015 following the series of deadly attacks on last Friday in the French capital. (Reuters/Charles Platiau) Click to Enlarge.
Heads of state invited to climate talks in Paris starting on Nov. 30 have confirmed they will attend even after the Nov. 13 attacks by Islamic State militants that killed 130 people, a French presidency source said.

"None of the heads of state or government has canceled," the source told Reuters, adding that 138 leaders were expected on the opening day of the U.N. Climate Change conference that runs until Dec. 11.

World leaders will discuss plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions and prevent global temperatures rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Some 40,000 to 45,000 people are expected to attend the event, also dubbed COP21, which will be held at Le Bourget, north of Paris, a conference management source said.

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