GLOBALink | Cooperation, delivery crucial in tackling climate change, says head of Chinese delegation to COP26

Published in CHINA
Monday, 15 November 2021 15:50

The Chinese delegation to COP26 wants all parties to work together in the same direction to reach consensus on the issues at the heart of the conference and make sure it is a success, the head of the delegation has said.

Zhao Yingmin, vice minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told Xinhua in an interview that the Chinese delegation has held close exchanges with other parties during the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

"We hope to contribute to the success of the conference through constructive communication and consultation," he said.

The two-week conference was scheduled to conclude on Friday, but is likely to extend into the weekend due to unresolved issues.

In particular, developed countries need to take seriously the concerns of developing countries over such core issues as finance and adaptation. They must also strive to deliver on promises made a long time ago, to enhance mutual trust and ensure the success of COP26, Zhao said.

Financial support has been the main issue of concern for developing countries.

During the Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009, developed countries promised 100 billion U.S. dollars a year to help developing nations strengthen their resilience to climate change by 2020.

"Twelve years on, the developed countries have failed to honor their commitments, which has tremendously jeopardized political mutual trust," Zhao said.

It is "very unreasonable and unfair" that while developing countries have submitted ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in line with the Paris Agreement, developed countries have failed to deliver financial support. This issue is also affecting the progress of COP26, Zhao said.

The issue of finance is one of the core issues of difficulty that affect the progress of COP26, Zhao said.

"The developed countries have not yet shown their sincerity and confidence in delivering their pledges. Therefore, both sides are still negotiating. It seems that more efforts are still needed."

Apart from finance, the main sticking points in the final phase of negotiations include temperature control targets, adaptation, and the rulebook of the Paris Agreement, Zhao said.

In order to effectively tackle the climate crisis, the parties need to "completely and comprehensively" deliver their promises according to the Paris Agreement, Zhao said. This must be done in line with the principle of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities, and respective capabilities as well as taking into account national conditions.

"We must realize that climate change has been an imminent challenge, but it must be addressed based on science and rules," Zhao said. These rules are specified in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. "Those are the cornerstones of global effort to tackle climate change, which should not be shaken. Otherwise, it would be hard to achieve our common goal."

On Wednesday, China and the United States released the China-U.S. Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s. It was the result of numerous meetings and consultations between the two sides, and was released at a key moment in the conference.

Zhao said the document had demonstrated cooperation between China and the United States, contributed to the global fight against climate change, and injected positive energy into the UN conference. It was also welcomed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who tweeted:

"I welcome today's agreement between China and the USA to work together to take more ambitious #ClimateAction in this decade. Tackling the climate crisis requires international collaboration and solidarity, and this is an important step in the right direction."


Produced by Xinhua Global Service

Read 85 times

Related items

  • GLOBALink | Athletes Village of Zhangjiakou Competition Zone officially opens

    Olympic Villages for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in downtown Beijing, the Chinese capital's Yanqing district and Hebei province's Zhangjiakou officially opened their doors to athletes and team officials for the Games on January 27, 2022.

    Take a look at athletes and team officers as they check into the Athletes Village of the Zhangjiakou Competition Zone.

      Produced by Xinhua Global Service


  • GLOBALink | Creating a shared future in Beijing

    Global attention is turning to Beijing as the 2022 Winter Olympics is set to kick off on Feb. 4.

    For athletes, it will be a dream coming true to compete on the highest level. For audiences, it will be a spectacle on snow and ice.

    The passion about this upcoming winter sports extravaganza has been monumental.

    Produced by Xinhua Global Service

  • GLOBALink | Malaysian aquarium holds underwater lion dance for Lunar New Year

    Divers performed an underwater lion dance show at the Aquaria KLCC aquarium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Jan. 21 to welcome the Chinese Lunar New Year.

     Produced by Xinhua Global Service

  • GLOBALink | Marine trash-collecting robot put into trial operation in south China

    Chinese researchers have completed the trial operation of a marine trash-collecting robot in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province.

    The robot, developed by researchers with Shanghai Jiaotong University Yazhou Bay Institute of Deep-sea Sci-tech, is capable of searching and collecting the trash both floating on water and buried in seabed.

    The robot measures 1.76 meters long, 1.48 meters wide and 0.95 meters high.

    It is designed to operate at depths up to 100 meters and can collect more than 200 litres of trash at a time.


    Produced by Xinhua Global Service

  • GLOBALink | Woman showcases impressive martial arts skills

    A martial arts teacher in Gansu, China is known as a "wonder woman" for her impressive skills.

    Zhang Hanliang hopes that by sharing her videos online, more people around the world can get to know about Chinese #KungFu. 

    Produced by Xinhua Global Service

Business News

Silk Road Tbilisi Forum 2015 has started

Silk Road Tbilisi Forum 2015 has started

Silk Road Tbilisi 2015 forum started today. Following the success of the inaugural Routes Silk Road...

Agreement between SES and GEE

Agreement between SES and GEE

A new multi-year agreement was signed between worldwide satellite operator SES and Global Eagle Ente...

International Year of Soils in Georgia

International Year of Soils in Georgia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swiss Cooperation Office in the South Caucasus and ...

New Official Exchange Rate - 1 USD Equals 2.4051 GEL

New Official Exchange Rate - 1 USD Equals 2.4051 GEL

According to the new official exchange rate set by National Bank of Georgia, 1 US Dollar equals 2.40...


« January 2022 »
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30


The News Agency,
a part of STARVISION
Media Group.
It made its first
appearance on the Internet..More



Lechkhumi street.43


Phone: (+995 32) 257 91 11




Social Media