China urges more action, unity on climate change
according to Gu Zihua, another senior Chinese negotiator.
“We’re not asking for unrealistic commitment from developed countries. We simply want developed nations to fulfill pledges that have already been made,” said Gu.
“Pre-2020 is really a trustbuilding issue for developing countries,” he said, “If they turn down all proposals, then how could developing countries have trust in future discussions?”
China and other developing countries have submitted a request to the UN climate change secretariat to organize an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of adoption of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an earlier key document setting binding targets on greenhouse-gas emissions for the world’s leading economies which have accepted it.
As for financing gap left by the United States, China hopes other developed countries are able to enhance their contributions to fill that gap, according to Gu.
“Despite with the US withdrawal, there is still progress being made. Non-state actors in the US can play a role to fill that gap,” said Gu. China will continue to make financial contributions through southsouth cooperation scheme, he added.
People dressed as polar bears march during a demonstration in Bonn against the COP 23 UN Climate Change Conference hosted by Fiji but held in Bonn, Germany, on Saturday.