După zeci de ani de discuții, cel puțin la nivel teoretic, liderii din peste 200 de țări și-au scos capul din fund și au fost toți de acord să-și asume obiective ambițioase de reducere a emisiilor de gaze cu efect de seră. Să fie într-un ceas bun!
Government and business leaders said the agreement, which set a new goal to reach net zero emissions in the second half of the century, sent a powerful signal to global markets, hastening the transition away from fossil fuels and to a clean energy economy.
The deal was carefully constructed to carry legal force but without requiring approval by the US Congress – which would have almost certainly rejected it.
After last-minute delays, caused by typos, mistranslations and disagreements over a single verb in the highly complicated legal text, Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, brought down a special leaf-shaped gavel to adopt the agreement. The hall erupted in applause and cheers. “It is a small gavel but I think it can do a great job,” Fabius said.