For­eign min­is­ter urges ‘ hon­esty’ on Paris cli­mate ac­cord

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By ZHANG RUINAN in New York ru­inanzhang@chi­nadai­lyusa. com

State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi urged on Wed­nes­day that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity im­ple­ment the Paris Agree­ment and tackle the chal­lenges of cli­mate change to­gether, as it has en­tered a crit­i­cal stage.

“Im­ple­ment­ing the Paris Agree­ment hon­estly is a po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment made by lead­ers of each coun­try,” Wang said at a high-level in­for­mal di­a­logue on cli­mate change at UN Head­quar­ters in New York. “It’s also an in­escapable le­gal obli­ga­tion and his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity that cor­re­sponds with the trend of global de­vel­op­ment that each coun­try should take.”

Wang said cli­mate change has a close bear­ing on the fu­ture of mankind, and stressed that China firmly sup­ports the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in tack­ling the chal­lenges of cli­mate change.

Un­der the cur­rent cir­cum­stances, we must hon­estly im­ple­ment the Paris Agree­ment, ad­here to the prin­ci­ple of com­mon but dif­fer­en­ti­ated re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, equity and re­spec­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties, con­clude the fol­low-up ne­go­ti­a­tions on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris Agree­ment as sched­uled, and unswerv­ingly stick to the gen­eral di­rec­tion of tack­ling cli­mate change, Wang said.

Wang said time and cli­mate change wait for no man. In or­der to im­ple­ment the Paris Agree­ment suc­cess­fully, de­vel­oped coun­tries need to make good on their pledge of an­nual con­tri­bu­tions of US$100 bil­lion by 2020, pro­vide as­sis­tance to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries through tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, and help them to en­hance their ca­pa­bil­i­ties of deal­ing with cli­mate change and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

We should also con­sol­i­date the global part­ner­ship on deal­ing with cli­mate change and mo­bi­lize the whole in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to im­ple­ment the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, Wang added.

Wang stressed that China is com­mit­ted to its de­vel­op­ment con­cepts of in­no­va­tion, co­or­di­na­tion, green, open­ness and shar­ing and ac­tively re­spond­ing to cli­mate change, putting the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris Agree­ment as its in­trin­sic re­quire­ment of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, and tak­ing a series ac­tions that pro­duce re­sults.

Wang said in the past five years, China has trans­formed its de­vel­op­ment pat­tern, op­ti­mized its en­ergy struc­ture and pushed for progress in en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and emis­sion reductions in key in­dus­tries.

“Both of our en­ergy and wa­ter con­sump­tion per unit of GDP have fallen more than 20 per­cent,” said Wang, adding that China has also cut its share of coal con­sump­tion by 8.1 per­cent­age points and in­creased its share of clean en­ergy con­sump­tion by 6.3 per­cent­age points, and the en­vi­ron­ment has seen grad­ual im­prove­ment.

Wang said that at the same time, China has en­hanced South-South Co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­rated with other coun­tries to build a green and sus­tain­able Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

“China re­mains stead­fast in its de­ter­mi­na­tion to deal with cli­mate change with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” said Wang. “China is will­ing to join hands with all coun­tries to make ef­forts to walk on a sus­tain­able path of green and low­car­bon and cre­ate a home planet fea­tur­ing bluer skies, cleaner wa­ter and greener moun­tains for our off­spring.”

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