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Final draft of Paris climate deal expected today

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:07 AM

The final version of a new global climate agreement is expected to be released today, following talks in Paris, France late Thursday night.

There is a widespread expectation that the deal will be signed today.

Delegates worked through Thursday night on a draft version of the final document to finalise the key barriers to an agreement.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is chairing the summit, told negotiators the deadline will be met. 

Participants at COP21 - as the UN conference is called - have been working on a draft text, prepared by the French presidency, since Wednesday.

This was seen as a significant moment following discussions that began in 2011 about a new global agreement for long-term climate change strategy.

Any deal signed in Paris would come into effect in 2020.