Bei­jing, Paris and UN united in climate change fight

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By MAY ZHOU in Buenos Aires [email protected]­nadai­lyusa.com

China, France and the United Na­tions re­it­er­ated their firm com­mit­ments to work to­gether on com­bat­ing climate change af­ter a three­party meet­ing on the side­lines of the G20 Lead­ers’ Sum­mit.

State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi, French For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Yves Le Drian and United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Antonio Guter­res also met the me­dia to­gether af­ter their meet­ing.

The three agreed that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should work to­gether to present a united voice on climate change and jointly pro­mote it to the UN Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Climate Change to achieve sig­nif­i­cant progress.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Wang out­lined China’s position and pro­posal to pro­mote in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion on climate change con­trol, call­ing on all coun­tries to be re­spon­si­ble, take ac­tion, strengthen co­op­er­a­tion, and jointly pro­mote mul­ti­lat­eral pro­cesses.

Wang em­pha­sized three key words: com­mit­ment, ac­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion. “Three years ago, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping pointed out at the Paris Con­fer­ence on Climate Change that the Paris Agree­ment was not the end, but a new start­ing point,” Wang said.

The 24th Con­fer­ence of Par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Climate Change, also known as COP24, will be held in Ka­tow­ice, Poland, this month. Wang de­scribed this as an im­por­tant step to­ward a mul­ti­lat­eral process on climate change.

“It is vi­tal for each party mem­ber to ce­ment their con­fi­dence in deal­ing with climate change and ef­fec­tively im­ple­ment the Paris Agree­ment,” he said.

Wang said China’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to deal with climate change is unswerv­ing. The coun­try has been vig­or­ously im­ple­ment­ing the con­cepts of in­no­va­tion, co­or­di­na­tion, be­com­ing green, open­ness and shar­ing, as well as its Na­tional Plan on Climate Change (2014-20).

China was the first na­tion to come up with a na­tional plan on im­ple­ment­ing the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, em­bark­ing on a path of green, low-car­bon and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

Wang stressed that China has been con­sis­tent in its stand on mul­ti­lat­eral pro­cesses and has been strength­en­ing global climate con­trol and deep­en­ing South-South Co­op­er­a­tion. Through its green Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Bei­jing aims to achieve global co­op­er­a­tion on low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment to build a global eco­log­i­cal civ­i­liza­tion.

Wang also said China is will­ing to work with France to get pos­i­tive re­sults at COP24 in Ka­tow­ice in or­der to build a beau­ti­ful world for hu­mankind.

Le Drian in­di­cated that France was will­ing to co­op­er­ate with China on climate change di­a­logue, in­clud­ing sup­port­ing de­vel­op­ing coun­tries’ tran­si­tions to green and low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment through third-party co­op­er­a­tion. He also in­di­cated that France be­lieves that China’s host­ing of the 2020 Global Con­fer­ence on Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion will be a suc­cess.

Guter­res said climate change was “run­ning faster” than pre­dicted and “we are fac­ing an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion”. It was now clear that the Paris Agree­ment needed to be fully met, he said.

“It is my be­lief that tech­nol­ogy is on our side — we see re­new­able en­ergy is now cheaper and more com­pet­i­tive than fos­sil fu­els, we see the green econ­omy be­com­ing the best econ­omy, and I have no doubt that those who will not bet on the green econ­omy will have a gray fu­ture,” he said.

Guter­res thanked China for its im­por­tant lead­er­ship in the global re­sponse to climate change. He also ap­plauded China and France for lead­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to ac­tively cope with the enor­mous chal­lenges they face.

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