China calls for completing post-Kyoto talks

Updated: 2006-11-16 08:41

China Wednesday urged a conclusion of talks on further reduction of greenhouse gas emission by industrialized countries, which according to the Kyoto Protocol, are obliged to cut the emission by 5.2 percent from the 1990 level between 2008 and 2012.

Jiang Weixin, head of the Chinese delegation to the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference, said "we appeal to the Annex I Parties for proposing as soon as possible their specific emission reduction targets for the second commitment period and starting substantial negotiations as soon as possible with a view to concluding the negotiations before 2008 or but no later than 2009 the latest."

He said a major task facing parties during the ongoing climate change negotiation process was to accelerate negotiations of the ad hoc Working Group established under the Article 3.9 of the Kyoto Protocol.

However, the Nairobi conference has not seen any breakthrough in the so-called post-Kyoto negotiations, which are aimed to set up a framework of further emission reduction after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

Non Government Organizations are pushing the European Union (EU) to play a leading role in combating climate change instead of being hesitant.

"We remind the EU of its self-proclaimed leadership, which it is not living up to, unfortunately," said Stephan Singer, WWF's policy officer for Europe.

Analysts say that EU, which has promised an eight percent cut of emission between 2008 and 2012, is watching the move of the United States, which pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol when President George W. Bush came into power in 2001.

However, UN top climate chief Yvo de Boer said he held no expectations that the U.S. would return or ratify the Kyoto Protocol despite the political defeat of Bush in the mid-term elections.

Developing countries have held that they and industrialized countries had common but differentiated responsibilities in combating climate change, which the developing countries were even more vulnerable to, demanding industrialized countries provide developing countries with technology, transfer and help them build capacity.

"We appeal to developed country parties to fulfill their commitments on providing financial and technological support to developing country parties to enhance the developing country parties' capacity in responding to climate change in accordance with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, " said senior Chinese climate official Gao Guangsheng.

"China is willing to make new contributions to the protection of the global climate system while achieving economic development, " he said.

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