2015 Paris Climate Conference

In Brief: Clean energy fund unveiled

Microsoft founder and philantropist Bill Gates at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, on Nov 30, 2015.
Microsoft founder and philantropist Bill Gates at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, on Nov 30, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

Clean energy fund unveiled

Mr Bill Gates, the world's richest man, and fellow philanthropists have revealed details of a fund for clean energy technology to be used in countries that have committed public money to double research and development.

Mr Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp, will be joined by at least 27 other private investors in the so-called "Breakthrough Energy Coalition", including Africa's richest man, Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote; Alibaba Group Holding chairman and founder Jack Ma; and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise chief executive officer Meg Whitman.

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French feast for world leaders

Summit host France sought to titillate the taste buds of world leaders yesterday with a 75-minute lunch it hopes will put them in the mood for making history. The four-course menu was prepared by five top-notch chefs and accompanied by the finest French wines.

The feast included "modern Freneuse turnip soup with scallops cooked in floral steam" and "free-range poultry from Licques, stuffed celery preserve with truffles and parsleyed creamed spinach". The cheese course was an organic Reblochon from France's Mont Blanc region, and dessert was a traditional Paris Brest cake with stewed citrus fruit and a "light praline cream".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 01, 2015, with the headline 'InBrief'. Print Edition | Subscribe