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For the nearly nine years that I have been secretary-general, I have traveled the world to the front lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response.Only through the United Nations can we respond collectively to this quintessentially global issue.In response to the U.N.'s call, more than 166 countries, which collectively account for more than 90 percent of emissions, have now submitted national climate plans with targets. If successfully implemented, these national plans bend the emissions curve down to a projected global temperature rise of approximately 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The climate change conference in Paris is not the end point.I see four essential elements for the Paris conference to be a success: durability, flexibility, solidarity and credibility.Fourth, an agreement must demonstrate credibility in responding to rapidly escalating climate impacts.A meaningful climate agreement in Paris will build a better today – and tomorrow.
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