The presidents of France and the Philippines issue a joint appeal for a binding agreement on climate change. Katie Sargent reports.
In formal surroundings in Manila, French President Francois Hollande and Philippine President Begnino Aquino appeal for action on a binding agreement on climate change. Hollande said he would like countries to conclude an agreement at a climate conference hosted by France in December. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING: "What is the purpose of this appeal? It's to be able to conclude, in Paris, on the occasion that in the upcoming climate conference we can reach a comprehensive and binding agreement, country by country, in order to ensure that the world will not face global warming that would lead to worse disasters than what we have already faced." On Friday Hollande will be in a more rugged setting as he visits a Philippine town which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Residents hope his visit will highlight the impact of extreme weather on local communities. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino/English) UNITED NATIONS HUMAN SETTLEMENTS PROGRAMME REGIONAL COORDINATOR, ADELZ MIAS-CEA, SAYING: "This visit by French President Hollande is a good opportunity for him to see and to reach out, and then voice out in global discussions and be able to tell what is happening in towns like Guiuan, to small municipalities who are facing extreme weather events, extreme weather changes that we are now feeling," The storm in November of 2013 killed more than six thousand people. The town is still trying to rebuild schools, houses and other buildings. The government estimates it would need 3.8 billion dollars to rebuild all Haiyan-affected communities.