Help of­fered to com­bat cli­mate change

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By HOU LIQIANG in Ka­tow­ice, Poland [email protected]­

China is par­tic­i­pat­ing in SouthSouth co­op­er­a­tion vol­un­tar­ily as part of its ef­fort to ad­dress cli­mate change, not out of his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity or the obli­ga­tions of in­ter­na­tional treaties, said a se­nior of­fi­cial of an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion for the de­vel­op­ing world.

De­vel­oped coun­tries have far more re­spon­si­bil­ity to lead and pro­vide the money and tech­nol­ogy needed for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, said Meenakshi Ra­man, co­or­di­na­tor of the cli­mate change pro­gram of the Third World Net­work. Ra­man spoke on the side­lines of the on­go­ing 24th Con­fer­ence of Par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change, or COP 24, in Ka­tow­ice, Poland.

“China is play­ing a lead­er­ship role ... in a world where you have the largest per capita car­bon emit­ter, the United States, walk­ing out of the Paris agree­ment,” she said on Wed­nes­day.

China has been pro­mot­ing South-South co­op­er­a­tion in curb­ing cli­mate change, Ra­man said. “China does this not be­cause of its his­toric re­spon­si­bil­ity or be­cause it has any obli­ga­tion un­der the Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change or the Paris agree­ment, but it does it vol­un­tar­ily,” she said.

There is much the de­vel­op­ing world could learn from China, which leads in re­new­able en­ergy, she said.

“There are many things that we can learn. And in fact, it’s very im­por­tant, through South-South co­op­er­a­tion, that de­vel­op­ing coun­tries share with each other,” she said. “The re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­dress the com­mon prob­lem must be dif­fer­en­ti­ated be­tween de­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Those with the largest his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity and largest his­tor­i­cal emis­sions have far more re­spon­si­bil­ity to take lead­er­ship.”

“Well-de­vel­oped coun­tries are ba­si­cally go­ing back on their com­mit­ments. I use the term com­mit­ments be­cause these are le­gal obli­ga­tions,” she said, ex­plain­ing that the Cli­mate Change Con­ven­tion makes it an obli­ga­tion of de­vel­oped coun­tries to pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port.

De­vel­oped coun­tries pledged, in COP 15 in 2009, $30 bil­lion for a Fast Start fund from 2010 to 2012, with an in­crease in aid to $100 bil­lion per year by 2020.

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