France praises new step forward toward UN climate agreement in Paris next month

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says an important step has been made toward an agreement at the U.N. climate conference in Paris next month, following a three-day ministerial meeting in the capital to prepare negotiations.

Fabius said senior officials from 70 countries gathered in Paris agreed on the principle of a mechanism to reassess the countries' emission pledges every five years in order to improve them.

"There is still significant work to be done but success is indispensable," Fabius said at a news conference on Tuesday.

The Nov. 30-Dec. 11 conference will gather more than 190 parties to seek an agreement aimed at limiting the rise in global temperatures between pre-industrial times and the end of this century.