Paris prepares for the opening of United Nations climate talks amid tight security. Paul Chapman reports.
The site of the international Paris climate conference officially became United Nations territory on Saturday as the key to venue is handed over by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. The summit opens on Monday and is at the heart of a massive security operation in the wake of the attacks just over two weeks ago which killed 130 people. It's being attended by more than 140 world leaders. They include U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. For the first time there's almost universal involvement. Of the 195 nations represented at the summit, almost all have produced long-term plans for tackling climate change. The head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat says it's unprecedented. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNFCCC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY CHRISTIANA FIGUERES SAYING: "We have almost 95 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions already covered by national climate change plans. It's the first time in history that so many countries have actually incurred into the exercise of doing their own analysis at home to figure out and quantify how they can contribute to the solution." While that bodes well for the summit, obstacles from climate finance to developing nations and how to set a long-term goal to move away from fossil fuels remain. Current plans would put the world on course for warming of between 2.5 to 3.5 celsius by the start of the next century.