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http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/12/19/copenhagen.climate.summit.deal/index.html

Copenhagen, Denmark (CNN) -- U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday a "deal has been reached" that could be the framework for a binding global climate change treaty.

"Finally we sealed the deal and it is a real deal. Bringing world leaders to the table paid off," Ban said, according to CNN affiliate TV2 Denmark. "The Copenhagen Accord may not be everything that everyone hoped for but this decision of the conference of parties is a beginning, an essential beginning."

Moon said the non-binding deal called for all countries to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius.

He said the deal was a step toward creating a legally binding treaty.

"The deal is backed by money and the means to deliver it. Up to $30 billion has been pledged for adaptations and mitigation," Ban said.

Critics of the U.N. Climate Change Conference have said that without specific commitments from the leaders to actually cut carbon emissions it would be difficult to reach any target.

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Nothing has been reached actually. When you put politicians from 200 countries in one room, nothing ever will come out of it.

Moon said the non-binding deal called for all countries to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius.

That actually made me laugh. Neither do politicians have an idea what to do nor do they want to commit to measures needed that they have no idea about.

Those summits are a waste of time.

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