Described by the French host as "ambitious and balanced" a "historic turning point", a final draft on combating Climate Change has been submitted to the some 200-nations attending the CPO 21, on Climate Change, in Paris.
Yet to be agreed upon at a plenary session before ratification by the parties, France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the 31-page draft "represents the position of the parties"; holds key provisions with some terms making it legally binding; targets an "endeavor to limit" the average global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius - below the 2 degrees Celsius(3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) standard scientists estimate is essential to limiting potentially catastrophic Climate Change; and funds $100 billion annually by 2020 from developed nations for poorer nations to deal with the consequences of Climate Change.
But will the Paris Agreement of Climate Change be enough and be in time to calm surges in global warming, rising sea levels and the associated climatic disasters? The acceptance or the denial of the pact by the people of the Pacific nation of Tuvalu should be viewed as a litmus test. Whatever the final agreement, CPO 21, Paris, dared to challenge nations to act on combating Climate Change.