China calls on developed countries to strengthen support for climate governance

  • Date: 2019-12-17

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BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- China called on developed countries to strengthen support for developing countries in climate governance, a spokesperson said Monday.

The additional support should take public funds as a main source and be "commensurate with developing countries' actions," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press briefing.

The COP 25 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change came to an end on Sunday after a two-day extension. China regretted that negotiators failed to reach an agreement on core issues, Geng said.

Summarizing the results of the conference, Geng pointed out that different parties had prominent differences in their positions on climate governance and the sharing of responsibilities, and the already severe lack of support from developed nations to developing ones was increasing.

"At the same time, in order to achieve the global goals set by the Paris Agreement after 2020, while filling existing shortfalls, developed countries need to first take concrete actions, formulate viable policy approaches and share them with developing countries," Geng said.

Geng also noted the efforts China has made as the biggest developing country. Between 2005 and 2018, China's carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP dropped by 45.8 percent. With the largest investment in renewable energy of any country, China has 30 percent of the world's installed renewable energy capacity. China also has more than half of the world's electric cars.

"To deal with climate change, the urgent task is to uphold multilateralism," Geng said, "and to implement the Paris Agreement on the basis of equity and in accordance with all parties' common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities."

China will continue to push for the conclusion of the negotiations on the implementation of the Paris Agreement, improve the global climate governance system so that it is fair, equitable and mutually beneficial, and contribute to building a community with a shared future for mankind, Geng said.


Source: Xinhua

Date: Dec. 17, 2018