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The UN talks come at a crucial juncture in mankind's response to planetary warming.

In the French capital, three years ago, countries collectively agreed to keep global temperature rises to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and if possible, to limit the rise to 1.5°C.

Ironically, the climate summit is projected to have a large carbon footprint of its own which will directly contribute to the "man-made" climate change they claim is about to bring an end to "our civilizations".

"These talks have been embroiled with blame game and had largely shifted away from the main goal of the convention and the Paris Agreement, which is people and planet", Singh said in an interview.

He said trillions of dollars in climate finance was, therefore, needed to cover the costs of adapting to climate change impacts, coping with loss and damage and pursuing clean development pathways to avoid emissions.

The summit was also addressed by United Nations secretary general, António Guterres.

He told reporters that the reality of global climate change has been "worse than expected, but the political will is relatively faded after Paris" and not matching the current challenges.

Delegates said that one of the trickiest issues could be monitoring emissions as the United States, which cannot quit the pact until 2020, uses the talks to press for a level of detail it perceives as useful to its foreign policy dealings. As we work to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, it will be necessary for all society's stakeholders to set a sustainable path for communities, workers and the climate that leaves no one behind.

Guterres called for a "huge increase in ambitions" during the two weeks of negotiations in Poland, adding "we can not afford to fail in Katowice".

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To maximize the chances of success, technical talks began on Sunday, a day earlier than planned, with delegates from almost 200 nations haggling over how to implement the broad promises of the Paris deal on moving away from fossil fuel.

For 1.5C, they must increase fivefold.

Pope Francis has in the past called for a "revolution" to combat climate change, saying the consensus was clear and "doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain".

This is far from a given: the dust is still settling from US President Donald Trump's decision to ditch the Paris accord.

"America is more than just Washington or one leader", he said, calling Trump "meshugge" - Yiddish for "crazy" - for deciding to withdraw from the Paris accord.

The U.S.is also taking part, despite announcing past year that it's pulling out of the Paris accord.

The World Bank Group said Monday it is doubling funding for poor countries preparing for climate change to $200 billion over five years.

Even the most strident climate warnings - spiralling temperatures, global sea-level rises, mass crop failures - are something that many developed nations will only have to tackle in future.

However, he did say that COP 24 is an effort to "right the ship" and he would convene a climate summit next year to discuss next steps. In the spirit of the Talanoa Dialogue - the Fijian tradition of inclusive, participatory and transparent decision-making - ICC urges Parties to include business in developing climate change policy, to accelerate and encourage private sector innovation in game-changing technologies through appropriate fiscal policies and de-risking flows of private capital into climate change adaptation and mitigation investment opportunities.