'Big agreement' unlikely at UN climate summit

2015-11-11 12:58
Bill Clinton. (File, AP)

Bill Clinton. (File, AP)

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Penonomé - Former US president Bill Clinton, whose Clinton Foundation seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said on  Tuesday an upcoming UN climate summit in France will be useful, though "no big agreement" is likely.

"I don't expect some big agreement. But I do think as a result of the meeting there will be more investment in energy efficiency and more investment in clean energy and that's a good point," he told reporters during a visit to Panama to inspect a rural project sponsored by the foundation.

"I honestly don't know what will happen," he said of the November 30 - December 11 summit in Paris that will be attended by President Barack Obama and 116 other heads of state and government.

"I can't go this year. But I think that all these meetings are helpful because people who actually can make decisions encourage each other to do things that work," Clinton said.

The Conference of Parties (COP21) summit aims to lay the ground for a pact by 2020 on curbing greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change.

Clinton, whose wife Hillary is currently a frontrunner for US presidential elections next year, was in Panama to visit a wind-energy installation backed by the foundation.

The project is located near Penonomé, in central Panama some 150km west of the capital.

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