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Su Wei elaborates principles on "shared vision" in addressing climate change


A senior Chinese official on Wednesday elaborated China's stance on a shared vision for long-term cooperative action under the UN climate convention, saying pragmatic actions are needed.

Su Wei, deputy head of the Chinese delegation to the Poznan talks, said shared vision should be focused on the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol, Bali Roadmap, and address mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer, and provision of financing resources.

A shared vision on long-term cooperative action should be guided by the ultimate objective of the convention, which is the stabilization of greenhouse gas concentration, adaptation to climate change and a sustainable development, Su said.

Three basic principles should be observed in implementing a shared vision, namely common but differentiated responsibilities, equity and full consideration of the development needs of developing countries, Su said.

Concluding his words, Su said mid-term reduction target for developed countries is key to any long term goal, noting that cutting the greenhouse gas emission by at least 25 percent to 40 percent by 2020 compared to the 1990 levels should be the mid-term goal for developed nations.

The Chinese delegation is here for the two-week Poznan talks which are aimed at building up a deal in Copenhagen next December.

In another development, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said ysterday global warming was now a "formal" threat to the country's national security.

In delivering his first national security statement to the parliament, Rudd said "less attention has been given to the security implications that climate change could bring to Australia compared with other traditional threats."

US emissions of gases blamed for warming the planet rose 1.4 percent last year as acute weather pushed consumers to crank up heaters and air conditioners and cut output from hydropower generation, the federal Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

The rise made president-elect Barack Obama's goal of cutting US greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 more ambitious.

US emissions last year were about 16.7 percent above 1990 levels, or a rise of 1.7 percentage points from 2006, the EIA said.

 

Source:China Daily
Date:Dec 05,2008