Nation to play pivotal role in talks to carry out Paris pact, envoy says
China will act as facilitator to boost climate negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement, regardless of the stance that theUnited States takes, the nation’s top climate representative said on Tuesday.
Xie Zhenhua, a veteran negotiator who led a team of more than 80 representatives from China, said on Tuesday that China has positioned itself as an active promoter and will play a constructive part in negotiations aiming to turn the Paris pledges into actions.
The landmark climate agreement aims to limit the global temperature increase to less than 2 C and strive to hold it to 1.5 C.
“China will not change its goals submitted to theUnited Nations, as well as its approaches or stances to implement the Paris Agreement,” saidXie.
He was referring to China’s developing country status and its pledges in the climate pact to peak emissions around 2030 and transition to a green and sustainable development model.
“All the three will not be changed by other countries, including the United States,” he added.
Xie made the comment after Jonathan Pershing, the United States special envoy, said on Monday in Marrakech that he did not know about the future of climate policy under Donald Trump’s presidency. He was responding to concerns about a possible US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
Xie said he was not surprised by the US response.
“The nation is undergoing a transition phase. Climate policy is not the only unknown faced by the United States,” said Xie.
“China will just keep moving on. We need to treasure efforts that we have made.”
Negotiators from nearly 200 parties to the agreement have gathered inMarrakech, Morocco, for the two-week United Nations Climate Conference from Nov 7 to Friday.
They are expected to come up with a text on road maps to implement the Paris Agreement by the end of Friday.
However, the election of Trump as the next president of the US, the world’s secondcarbon emitter, overshadowed talks.
Trump refused during his campaign to concede that climate change is caused by human activities.
GouHongbo, deputy chief of the Chinese delegation, said that China’s firm attitude to implement the Paris pact has injected some confidence into the difficult talks.
Gao Xiang, a negotiator with the Chinese delegation, said he was optimistic about the results of this year’s climate talks.
Negotiations on transparency rules, which are a fundamentalissue inimplementing the Paris Agreement, were conducted early this week, according to Gao.
“There is some good progress being made in this aspect,” he said. “We might have to leave some topics for next year, but the result will not be too bad.” the climate
China will not change its goals submitted to the United Nations ... to implement the Paris Agreement.”