In the final meeting of the Paris talks on climate change on Saturday night, the debating chamber was full and the atmosphere tense. Ministers from 196 countries sat behind their country nameplates, aides flocking them, with observers packed into the overflowing hall. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, talked animatedly with his officials, while China’s foreign minister Xie Zhenhua wore a troubled look. They had been waiting in this hall for nearly two hours. The French hosts had trooped in to take their seats on the stage, ready to applaud on schedule at 5.30pm – but it was now after 7pm, and the platform was deserted. After two weeks of fraught negotiations, was something going badly wrong? Then at 7.16pm, the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, returned abruptly to the stage, flanked by high-ranking UN officials. The last-minute compromises had been resolved, he said. And suddenly they were all on their feet. Fabius brought down the green-topped gavel, a symbol … [Read more...] about Paris climate change agreement: the world’s greatest diplomatic success
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Greta Thunberg has excoriated world leaders for their “betrayal” of young people through their inertia over the climate crisis at a United Nations summit that failed to deliver ambitious new commitments to address dangerous global heating. In a stinging speech on Monday, the teenage Swedish climate activist told governments that “you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.” Days after millions of young people joined protests worldwide to demand emergency action on climate change, leaders gathered for the annual United Nations general assembly aiming to inject fresh momentum into efforts to curb carbon emissions. But Thunberg predicted the summit would not deliver any new plans in line with the radical cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are needed to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty … [Read more...] about Greta Thunberg condemns world leaders in emotional speech at UN
World 23 September 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49796807 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Climate change will be top of the agenda when the world's leaders meet in New York this week. But what else will be discussed at the annual … [Read more...] about What is the United Nations and what does it do?
The Dutch royal family were greeted by traditional Indian dancers and musicians as they touched down in Delhi to begin their five-day state visit. King Willem-Alexander was joined by his wife Queen Maxima on his first Indian state visit since his ascension to the throne in 2013. The royal couple will spend their visit holding meetings with the top Indian leadership to boost economic and political cooperation. The Dutch royal family were greeted by traditional Indian dancers and musicians as they touched down in Delhi to begin their five-day state visit King Willem-Alexander was joined by his wife Queen Maxima on his first Indian state visit since his ascension to the throne in 2013 President Ram Nath Kovind invited them on the visit, which will include stops in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kerala. The royals will meet President Kovind tomorrow and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will speak with External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jasihankar. They are also expected to visit … [Read more...] about A right royal reception: India welcomes Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima to Delhi with colourful dancing display
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands ensured all eyes were on her as she arrived for the opening of the India-Netherlands Technology Summit on her second official day of her five-day state visit to India. The stylish royal, 48, who was accompanied by her husband King Willem-Alexander, 52, looked radiant as she made her way into the JW Marriott Hotel in New Delhi for the 25th edition of the high-profile event on Tuesday. Maxima displayed her sartorial prowess in a silk peach dress that featured a ruffled cinched waist as she met with leaders in the science and technology industry. The queen teamed her stylish garment with an eye-catching orange hat, festooned with blue, pink and orange feathers. The royal looked radiant as she made her way to the JW Marriott Hotel in New Delhi to meet with leaders in the science industry Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, 48, looked radiant as she arrived for the opening of the 25th India-Netherlands Technology Summit in New Delhi, … [Read more...] about Hat’s the way to do it! Queen Maxima of The Netherlands dons a VERY striking feathered headpiece as she attends a technology summit in India