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Thursday, November 17, 2016, 09:19

China for climate pledges to be honored before 2020

By Xinhua
China for climate pledges to be honored before 2020
Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for China's Climate Change Affairs at the United Nations Marrakech Climate Conference gives a speech on China's low carbon pilot theme in Marrakech on Nov 16, 2016. (Photo / Xinhua)

MARRAKECH, Morocco - China on Wednesday called for faster fulfillment of commitments already made for climate actions before 2020, urging developed countries to revisit and increase their emission cut ambitions.

"All parties should speed up the delivery of their pre-2020 commitments in order to build mutual trust as the basis for the post-2020 implementation of the Agreement and enhanced actions," Xie Zhenhua , China's special representative on climate change affairs, told a United Nations conference, referring to the historic Paris Agreement.

"Parties concerned must accelerate the ratification of the Doha Amendment on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol," Xie said.

China's climate envoy Xie Zhenhua hopes the Facilitative Dialogue on pre-2020 actions can achieve substantive outcomes

"The developed countries must revisit and increase their emission reduction ambitions under the Convention or in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol," the envoy said.

He was referring to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

"They must deliver on their commitments towards the developing countries in the areas of finance, technology and capacity building," Xie said.

Xie expressed the hope that the Facilitative Dialogue on the pre-2020 actions can achieve substantive outcomes which will provide pragmatic and effective solutions to the pre-2020 enhanced actions on emission reduction, adaptation, finance, and technology.

He urged the developed countries to truly honor the commitment of providing US$100 billion per year to developing countries by 2020.

"They should further improve the roadmap on finance, and using the target of US$100 billion a year as the basis, submit as soon as possible their post-2020 financial contribution and targets," Xie said.

"Technological innovation will be the key to offset any future gap in the emission reduction ambitions," he said. "The developed countries should speed up the transfer of relevant technologies to the developing countries."

Xie called for a "package outcome" on capacity building aimed at improving the developing countries' capacities in the areas of early-warning, disaster prevention and reduction, infrastructure, policy management, statistics and accounting, and access to finance.

He said China, to implement its nationally determined contributions (NDCs), has set itself a binding target of 18 percent cut in CO2 emissions per unit of GDP for 2015-2020, in preparation for the peaking of CO2 emissions around 2030 or earlier.

Xie said a carbon emission trading market will be launched in China in 2017 and it has has launched the China Fund for South-South Cooperation on Climate Change.

In developing countries, China is implementing 10 low-carbon demonstration zones, 100 mitigation and adaptation projects on climate change and a cooperation project of 1000 places in training courses on addressing climate change, he added.

"China stands ready to work with other parties in creating a fair, effective and win-win global climate governance regime and in promoting global green and low-carbon transition and innovative paths to development and is ready to make greater contributions to this end," Xie said.

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