"The Paris Agreement is a victory for people, for the common good, and for multilateralism. It is a health insurance policy for the planet," Ban said.

Describing the climate agreement as the most significant action in years to uphold the UN Charter mandate to "save succeeding generations", Ban said nations have unanimously decided to work as one to rise to the defining challenge of current times.

The 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Saturday adopted the Paris Agreement after two weeks of intensive negotiations at the summit.

The accord covers all crucial areas identified as essential for a landmark conclusion: mitigation – reducing emissions fast enough to achieve the temperature goal; a transparency system and global stock-take – accounting for climate action; adaptation and support – including finance, for nations to build clean, resilient futures.

He highlighted the agreement as one of his top priorities since the day he became UN Secretary-General.

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