The start of the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) was given Sunday night in Paris, with a moment of silence in honor of the 130 victims of the terrorist attacks of November 13.
The talks began at 17 pm. After the moment of silence, the Peruvian Minister of Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who led the discussions last year, said that a climate agreement would be a good way to overcome the horrors of the attacks in Paris .
The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, who acts as president of the conference, said that the objective of a 10-day negotiations was to reach an ambitious agreement that all nations can subscribe.
He expressed confidence that together leaders could reach a satisfactory result, and added that negotiators should complete the negotiations effectively, they “must the world”.
The UN climate conference takes place in the presence of 147 heads of state and government, the first Canadian Justin Trudeau and Quebec ministers Philippe Couillard who are already there.
The 53 Commonwealth nations, including Canada, argue that climate change poses an “existential threat” to some of its member countries. Commonwealth countries hope that the talks in Paris will lead to an agreement that will contribute to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).
The United States has already questioned the legal significance would have an agreement at the Paris summit.
The Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier in November that the GHG reduction targets adopted at Paris would not be legally binding.