(Reuters) – From business leaders to politicians, world figures reacted on Saturday to news that climate negotiators in Paris had approved a breakthrough accord that will for the first time unite rich & poor nations in combating climate change.
Below are select comments & quotes:
U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
This is huge: Almost every country in the world just signed on to the #ParisAgreement on climate change-thanks to American leadership
EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER
Today the world is united in the fight against climate change. Today the world gets a lifeline, a last chance to hand over to future generations a world that is more stable, a healthier planet, fairer societies & more prosperous economies. This robust agreement will steer the world towards a global clean energy transition.
U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY
This is a tremendous victory for all of our citizen, not for any one country, or any one bloc, yet for everybody here who has worked so complex to bring this across the complete line. It is a victory for all of the planet & for future generations.
We have set a course here. The world has come together around an agreement that will empower us to chart a new path for our planet, a smart & responsible path, a sustainable path.
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND CHIEF CHRISTINE LAGARDE
Governments must now put words into actions, in particular by implementing policies that make effective progress on the mitigation pledges they have made. That is why my key message is to price carbon right & to do it now.
WORLD BANK GROUP PRESIDENT JIM YONG KIM
We welcome the historic agreement that has just been reached in Paris. The world has come together to forge a deal that finally reflects the aspiration, & the seriousness, to preserve our planet for future generations
We called for strong ambition, for remarkable partnerships, for mobilization of finance, & for implementation of national climate plans. Paris delivered. Now the job becomes our shared responsibility.
PRAKASH JAVADEKAR, INDIAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTER
We have opened a new chapter of hope in the lives of 7 billion people on the planet. We have (the planet) on loan from future generations. We have today reassured these future generations that we will all together â€¦ donate them a better earth.
PAUL POLMAN, CEO, UNILEVER
Todayâ€™s agreement demonstrates without question that it is possible for us to come together in usual cause to address the greatest challenges we face, preventing tragedy for the many millions of people vulnerable to the effects of climate alter & securing the economic prosperity of the world in the 21st century.
The result is an unequivocal signal to the business & financial communities, one that will drive real alter in the real economy. The billions of dollars pledged by developed countries will be matched with the trillions of dollars that will flow to low carbon investment.Â Â
PHILIPPE DEFOSSES, DIRECTOR OF FRENCH PENSION FUND ERAFP
The Paris agreement marks a tipping point. Going forward the world has a shared vision that will lead inexorably to investors moving away from fossil fuels & towards a future powered by low carbon energy. Investors will encourage every country keen to build a sustainable economy to develop a long-term low-emissions development strategy, including carbon pricing schemes, so that investors know ambition levels over the short, medium- & long-term.
(Reporting by Alister Doyle, Bruce Wallace, Barbara Lewis, Bate Felix; Nina Chestney; Editing by Angus MacSwan)