France Wants Climate ‘Pre-Agreement’ to Pave Road to Paris Deal

France wants the world’s climate negotiators to strike a “pre-agreement” on cutting emissions so global leaders need only add finishing touches when they meet in Paris at the end of the year.

Negotiators must make progress toward a deal that would rein in carbon emissions in both richer and poorer nations for the first time, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday in Bonn.

“My objective is that together we reach a pre-agreement in October,” Fabius told delegates from about 190 nations meeting in the German city through June 11. France plans to host two ministerial meetings in July and September to work through the most difficult issues, he said.

Fabius will preside over United Nations-led climate talks due to culminate in December in Paris. Before then, the UN is urging all nations to make pledges on how they will pare back emissions.

The goal is to limit global warming since the Industrial Revolution to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), which would still mark the quickest shift in the climate since the last Ice Age ended about 10,000 years ago.

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