Na­tion to play piv­otal role in talks to carry out Paris pact, en­voy says

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - ByWANG YANFEI in­Mar­rakech wangyan­fei@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.”

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