US takes responsibility to help fix climate change: Obama in Paris

US President Barack Obama was speaking at the UN Summit in Paris aimed at reaching an agreement to curb global warming.

world Updated: Nov 30, 2015 19:13 IST
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President Barack Obama speaks at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget near Paris on Monday.(REUTERS)

As over 150 world leaders gather in Paris for the climate change summit, US President Barack Obama on Monday said that the United States accepted its responsibility as the world’s second biggest greenhouse gas emitter to help fix climate change, adding that global action need not damage economic growth.

At the UN Summit in Paris aimed at reaching an agreement to curb global warming, Obama said a growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.

“As the leader of the world’s largest economy and the second largest emitter... the United States of America not only recognises our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it,” Obama said.

Obama also urged the world leaders to act now to secure a future for humanity.

The “future is one that we have the power to change right here right now, but only if we rise to this moment,” Obama told 150 leaders at the summit.

First Published: Nov 30, 2015 19:13 IST