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‘Clock is ticking toward climate catastrophe’

Ban Ki-moon addressed almost 200 delegates at the COP21 climate talks in Paris.

FILE: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - United Nations Chief Ban Ki Moon is warning the "clock is ticking toward climate catastrophe".

He's urged governments to agree on a strong deal to limit global warming and transform the economy to greener energy.

At the start of today's intense home stretch of talks in Paris, he told environment and foreign ministers that "outside the negotiating halls, there is a rising global tide of support for a strong, universal agreement".

He's urged delegates from almost 200 nations not to duck the hard choices they face as four years of often glacial-paced negotiations peak.

The talks are aimed at producing the strongest agreement yet to bind both rich and poor to curb greenhouse gas emissions.