Despite the disagreements between developed and developing nations, there are many positive factors at play at the UN climate conference in Paris, Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative for climate change, wrote in an article published by the People’s Daily on Sunday.
The conference, set to take place through December 11, will see leaders from over 100 countries and organizations, including China, the US, EU, India and Brazil, to shape and mobilize policies to reduce carbon emissions worldwide.
Countries are showing a stronger desire to cooperate and act on climate change. More than 160 nations and regions – responsible for over 90 percent of global emissions – have pledged action plans to fight climate change by 2020.
As an important part of the Paris climate conference, these action plans will help control the increasing emission levels, provide clear and firm policy expectations to green investment and development of low-carbon technology, as well as drive long-term growth of global energy standards and new energy industries, Xie wrote.
Moreover, climate change policies from all participants are more positive, bilateral and now approaching trilateral cooperation. As the largest developing and developed countries in the world, China and the US for the last two years have released two joint declarations on climate change and are continuing policy talks and expanding cooperation.
In addition, China and France, EU, India and Brazil have respectively released joint declarations, all of which increase the world’s confidence to cope with climate change.
Also, progress in energy saving and effectiveness, clean energy technology, development of the carbon market and green finance, as well as increasing worldwide consciousness of climate change, are providing positive energy to the meeting in Paris.
According to Xie, the Paris conference has the potential to produce a framework agreement of each participant’s action plans after 2020, with details to be nailed down at later dates.
China hopes the Paris conference will reach a fair, balanced, ambitious and legally binding agreement signaling a global low-carbon transition, turn the climate change challenge into an opportunity to improve economic transitions, realize green development, and benefit economic development and climate protection for all. (The Daily Mail – People’s Daily news exchange item)
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