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Climate: China pledges US$6m to UN

By Agencies

 Climate: China pledges US$6m to UN
Zhang Gaoli (left), Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China, with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon September 22, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. (AFP PHOTO / Don Emmert)

UNITED NATIONS - Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli said here Monday that Beijing will offer US$6 million to support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in promoting South-South cooperation on climate change.

Zhang, who is here to attend Tuesday's UN Climate Summit as Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy, made the pledge in a meeting with Ban, who spoke highly of China's active efforts and remarkable achievements in tackling the global threat.

Before their meeting, the two participated in a ceremony during which China donated a global land cover dataset at 30-meter resolution to the world body to help the international community fight climate challenges.

In New York, dozens of protesters were arrested on Monday during a demonstration to denounce what organizers say is Wall Street's contribution to climate change.

Hundreds of protesters had earlier in the day blocked streets near the stock exchange, in an action called Flood Wall Street.

Flood Wall Street organizers said they hope Monday's action will draw a link between economic policies and the environment, accusing top financial institutions of "exploiting frontline communities, workers and natural resources" for financial gain.

The event is part of Climate Week, which seeks to draw attention to carbon emissions and their link to global warming, and it comes ahead of a Tuesday United Nations Climate Summit.

 
 
 
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