Global leaders attend climate conference in wake of Paris terror attacks

It is the first time ever that heads of state and government have opened a UN climate conference with speeches. Hopes are high that their statements will send positive signals that a global climate agreement can be achieved in Paris.

Some 150 leaders from around the world are due to speak from 12 noon onwards on Monday with statements to be delivered simultaneously in two meeting rooms, due to the number of leaders attending.

“This is the greatest diplomatic event France has ever hosted,” a French diplomat told DW, “and it has been a huge endeavor both in terms of diplomacy and in terms of security.”