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
"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