Special Report: Fight against Global
By Gao Li, Zhang
BALI, Indonesia, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Worldwide efforts
on tackling the worsening global warming issue will go into top gear here on
Monday, with the opening of the 13th session of the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Over 180 countries, represented by some 10,000
delegates, will take part in the conference on Dec. 3-14 in Bali, a resort
island of Indonesia.
The main purpose of the meeting is to begin
negotiations for a new climate change regime to replace the 1997 Kyoto protocol,
which expires in 2012.
The meeting comes on the heels of a series of
international meetings which highlighted the global climate change problem, and
a scientific report of the Nobel-Winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC), which warned that the impact of global warming could be "abrupt
Therefore, the whole world pins high hopes on the
Bali meeting and expects breakthrough can be made at the meeting so as to get
negotiations going on a new international climate change agreement.
Under the UNFCCC's principle of "common but
differentiated responsibilities", the developed nations should provide fund and
technical support for the developing world in a bid to fight global warming.
At the 15th Economic Leaders' Meeting of the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Sydney, Australia, Chinese
President Hu Jintao also said that in tackling climate change, helping others is
helping oneself, and only cooperation can bring about win-win progress. Yvo de
Boer, executive secretary of the UNFCCC has warned that the world would be "in
deep trouble" if the Bali meeting fails to make breakthrough.
The international community was fighting against time in a bid to stem global warming, he said.