China urges developed countries to do more on climate change

April 1st, 2009 - 1:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Bonn, April 1 (Xinhua) China has urged the developed countries to help the developing world in fighting climate change.
Su Wei, the head of the Chinese delegation at the UN climate change talks in Bonn, has urged the developed countries to make “substantial arrangements” for transferring funds and climate-friendly technologies to the developing nations.

The Bonn conference, March 29-April 8, is the first of a series of UN climate change talks this year, aimed to pave the way for a climate change deal to be reached in Copenhagen in December.

Su noted the establishment of three international “mechanisms” will be crucial among the “substantial arrangements”.

“The first is to set up an international mechanism on climate-friendly technology development and transfer, to eliminate barriers hindering technology transfer, so that developing countries can get access to such technologies,” he said.

“Secondly, we should set up an effective financing mechanism to ensure the developed countries provide adequate funds to developing nations in their bid to cut emissions and fight climate change.”

Thirdly, Su said an “effective supervision mechanism” should be set up to monitor the technology transfer and funding.

He said the Copenhagen conference has two tasks. One is to set the mid-term emission reduction targets for developed countries and the other is to make substantial arrangements for implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in accordance with the Bali road map.

The developed countries should commit to making 25-40 percent emission cuts, which is below the 1990 levels by 2020, he said.

Su said during the past two centuries, developed countries have made excess emissions of greenhouse gases, a major cause of global climate change.

Hence, developed countries have the duty and responsibility to cut emissions and offer help to developing nations, he said, noting the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has notified the responsibilities of developed countries, but they failed to make progress in the implementation over the past decade.

Su also pointed out that the key to striking a deal in Copenhagen remains in the “political will” of developed countries.

In the latest Bonn conference, the US delegation has promised to reduce carbon emissions by about 15 percent from the current levels by 2020.

Su said the positions of the European Union (EU) and Japan were “positive” in the Bonn talks.

He said the Chinese government attaches vital importance to fighting climate change and a series of substantial measures have been put into practice.

-Xinhua

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