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UN chief hears of Scotland's climate ambition

Published: 4 Dec 2015 20:00

Climate Change Minister meets UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon as part of talks.

Scotland's high climate ambition has been raised with the head of the United Nations by Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod during global talks in Paris.

Dr McLeod is in the French capital as international negotiations continue to agree a legally-binding agreement aimed at limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. The First Minister will represent Scotland at the talks next week.

During a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon organised by The Climate Group, Dr McLeod highlighted the global leadership in tackling climate change being shown by Scotland and other devolved, state and regional governments.

The Minister said:

"Scotland is already three quarters of the way to achieving our world-leading target of a 42 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020, and we are ahead of schedule on targets for renewable and community energy.

"This is the level of ambition and action the international community needs to match in the years ahead if we are to stand a good chance of limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius.

"The Climate Group meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon was an excellent opportunity to highlight the climate change message and model offered by Scotland and other signatories of the Compact of States and Regions which collectively represents 325 million people worldwide and one eighth of the global economy.

"I also highlighted Scotland's pioneering climate justice approach, which puts people and human rights at the heart of our action on climate change and in supporting fair and sustainable global development – and which the Scottish Government is championing as a global priority during this UN summit."