Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), listens during a news conference after a week long preparatory meeting at the U.N. in Geneva February 13, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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Negotiators in Geneva adopted a climate blueprint Friday, a symbolic milestone in the fraught U.N. process that must culminate in a universal pact in Paris in December.Assembled over the past six days, the 86-page draft plan for limiting manmade global warming was gaveled through at the close of six days of talks, prompting applause from delegates.Ever since the 2009 Copenhagen conference failed to deliver a world agreement, the 195 nations gathered under the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been working on a new project for adoption by the end of this year.Set to be signed at the November 30-December 11 UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris, the pact must enter into force by 2020 to further the UN goal of limiting warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.
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