Paris Climate conference: Poor countries fear being left behind to agree deal
Nov 30, Paris: Leaders from different parts of the world arrived in Paris for historic climate change conference which is set to start from Monday. Political leaders from almost 150 countries will address the conference.
The meeting, known as COP21, will see negotiators from 195 countries attempt to finalise a new treaty over the next two weeks. But the poorest countries said they fear being left behind in the push to agree a deal.
Some 180 countries have already presented plans to cut or rein in their climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
The French government will officially take over the running of the talks during the opening ceremony on Monday, media reports said.
Presidents and prime ministers will address the gathering amid a growing sense of optimism that an agreement can be secured.
Police have locked down the conference centre in Le Bourget, closing roads in the area amid strict security for the leaders' visit. Police arrested more than 200 people on Sunday following flare-ups in which protesters pelted with shoes, bottles and even candles police said were taken from memorials.
The leaders of the United States, China and India -- the world's top three carbon-emitting countries -- are among those scheduled to attend the opening day of the event, known as COP21.
The Oslo Times