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“Climate irresponsibility” could wreck economic growth

“Climate irresponsibility” could undermine economic growth, but there’s still time to act.

That’s the message ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris, from Professor Nick Stern, speaking to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He argues that countries have to find ways of combining growth, with responsible policies that protect the environment, otherwise the chance to reverse climate change will be lost forever.

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Work must begin immediately on new development agenda

The previous two weeks of intense activity at United Nations headquarters were an “historic” convergence of high-level events, said the spokesperson for the President of the UN General Assembly.

The Pope addressed the UN General Assembly as Member States voted to adopt new Sustainable Development Goals.

The annual debate of world leaders followed immediately, with a raft of global crises and issues on the agenda.