'Momentum': Quotes of the day from Paris climate talks

10th December 2015, Comments 0 comments

Here are five of the best quotes on Thursday from the UN climate conference in Paris, which aims to forge a universal pact to curb global warming:

- Momentum -

French President Francois Hollande seeks to build momentum into negotiations after all-night talks failed to secure major breakthroughs:

"It is important in this last phase that we remind the negotiators why they are here. They are not there simply in the name of their countries... they are there to sort out the issue of the future of the planet."

- City of hope -

Ahmed Djoghlaf, who co-chaired the first round of negotiations, says success in the talks would add even more lustre to the famed French capital:

"Paris is known as the City of Light. From tomorrow it will be known as the City of Hope and the city where the promise made to our children was kept."

- Flying high... or crashing -

Philippine delegation spokesman Tony La Vina is unsure whether the talks will soar to historic highs, or come crashing to Earth at the conference venue in Le Bourget on the northern outskirts of Paris:

"There is both optimism and frustration. You know that the agreement is within reach and, to use a metaphor many have been using, all the 'airplanes' still in the air can be landed safely in Le Bourget but there could still be mishaps and even a crash here and there if we are not careful."

- For our children -

Greenpeace International chief Kumi Naidoo appeals to negotiators to give up their tactical games and simply sign a deal in the interests of future generations:

"We cannot continue to kick the can down the road and leave it to our children to deal with. Governments have a choice. Our final message to the most powerful leaders is this: we have to stop playing political poker with the future of our children and their children."

- 'Amazing, magnificent' food -

Daniel Reifsnyder, co-chair of the first round of Paris talks, pays tribute the culinary focus of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the host of the negotiations:

"Minister Fabius promised we will have good food and he delivered. Some of the problems we've had in the past, like in Copenhagen, have been logistics and problems of food. Here this is magnificent, amazing. I told him (Fabius): 'Napoleon said an army marches on its stomach, so do armies of negotiators, so thank you'."

© 2015 AFP

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