China calls on rich nations to deliver on climate pledges 2009-12-12 00:48:33   Print
China urged the rich nations to deliver on pledges for emissions cut and financial supports.
The call was partly answered Friday with EU pledging $3.5 bln annually from 2010 to 2012.
China last month announced to cut the emissions per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40 to 45%.

    COPENHAGEN, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday urged the rich nations negotiating in the UN-led climate talks in Copenhagen to help seal a deal by delivering on their promises to cut carbon emissions and provide financial support to help developing nations adapt to global warming.


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    The call comes as ministers arrive for the higher segment of the talks that are tasked with achieving goals to avoid irreversible change in climate that scientists warn could be disastrous to the Earth. China's Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei said he hoped for a "balanced outcome" of the UN climate change conference.

    He was speaking at a press conference hours after a draft text for the Copenhage talks emerged. "The final document we're going to adopt needs to be taking into account the needs and aspirations of all countries," particularly the most vulnerable ones, he said.

    Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, developed nations are committed to quantified emission reduction targets and provision of support in financing, technology and capacity building to developing nations. The Chinese minister said climate change is "a matter of survival" for developing nations.

    Developing nations are asking the rich nations to up their emissions reduction targets and financial pledges, saying they failed to fulfil their obligations under the convention.

    The call for funding was partly answered earlier on Friday with European Union leaders pledging 2.4 billion euros (3.5 billion U.S. dollars) annually from 2010 to 2012 to help developing countries tackle global warming.

    Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the 27-nation bloc, said in Brussels that the bloc has made satisfactory contributions to helping the poorest countries combat climate change.

    Developing nations still view the pledge as a far cry from their needs.

    The issue of financial support is "extremely important" as developing nations are "worst hit" by climate change, he said.

    He questioned the "sincerity" of developed nations in their commitment as only short-term funding, such as a three-year target, was being proposed.

    The key to the success of the Copenhagen talks is for developed countries to keep their promises, he said.

    "I would urge all leaders from developed countries to keep their promises, to have the future of humanity in their minds, especially the large population out there in the developing world," he said.

    He also said China has "a responsible and pragmatic vision" for tackling climate change and will do its share in the global combat against climate change.

    China last month announced it would reduce the intensity of carbon emissions per unit of its GDP in 2020 by 40 to 45 percent against 2005 levels.

    Responding to rich nations' concern over transparency of China's voluntary action, he said plans for action would go through China's own legal process and there would be a regime of monitoring, verification and statistical supervision domestically to ensure transparency.

    "We're also willing to increase transparency by announcing the results of our action in reports coming out of China," he said.

Chinese FM discusses bilateral ties, Copenhagen conference with counterparts

    BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi exchanged views with his counterparts from a number of other countries on the ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference and bilateral relations during telephone conversations this week.

    The countries included Indonesia, Sudan, Australia, Russia, the United States, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. Full story

China hopes to see positive results from Copenhagen conference

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday that the current Copenhagen Conference "is an important meeting on climate change," and "the Chinese government hopes to see positive results from the conference."

    Liu Zhenmin, the Chinese deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told a group of UN-based Chinese and foreign reporters at the Chinese Mission that "the ongoing Copenhagen Conference is an important meeting on climate change. The international community is full of expectations." Full story

Little progress made in first week in Copenhagen: China

    BEIJING, Dec. 10 -- The negotiation process in Copenhagen is very complicated as all parties are trying to coordinate different interests and bargain with each other, Su Wei, deputy head of the Chinese delegation, told the Global Times Thursday during an exclusive interview.

    "It's hard to tell whether the negotiations have made any progress," Su said, as the climate summit is moving to the end of the first week of negotiations. Full story

Only realism could bridge gaps at Copenhagen talks

    BEIJING, Dec. 11 -- Accusations have become a stark feature at most global talks nowadays, and the ongoing UN climate change conference in Copenhagen does not look like being an exception.

    But every participant must understand that there is no easy way out of the existing climate, which entails immediate and adequate global action. Unfortunately, such a shared knowledge of the urgency to act does not guarantee that the international community will be able to strike a meaningful climate deal in the Danish capital. Full story

EU leaders pledge $3.6 bln annually for climate fund

    BRUSSELS, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- European Union leaders on Friday pledged 2.4 billion euros (3.5 billion U.S. dollars) annually from2010 to 2012 to help developing countries tackle climate change.

    The pledge was seen as a move to boost the ongoing U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen. Full story

EU leaders fail to reach agreement on climate change funds

    BRUSSELS, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of European Union (EU) members reiterated their stance on climate change at a summit here on Thursday, but failed to put forward the exact amount of a "fast-starting" fund to help developing countries tackle climate change. 

    Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, whose country holds the current EU rotating presidency, told a press conference that the bloc was committed to showing leadership in fighting against climate change and had made conditional offer. Full story

Special report: Global Climate Change


Editor: Mu Xuequan
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