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Statement of the Delegation of China in the LCA Plenary


Statement of the Delegation of China

in the LCA Plenary

(Bangkok, October 9, 2009)


Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

China fully supports the statement made by the distinguished Representative of Sudan on behalf of G77+China. We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our firm belief and strong determination to ensure the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol in accordance with the mandate of the Bali Roadmap. Our resolve to achieve a successful outcome in Copenhagen remains, and our actions will never become loose.

We came for this two-week meeting in Bangkok with hope and confidence, yet have to leave with disappointment and deep concern. We saw that Parties have engaged in discussions in a negotiating mode, and made lots of efforts to consolidate and streamline the negotiating text. But regrettably, less substantive progress has been achieved. The political will expressed by our leaders last month at the UN Summit on Climate Change, have not been actually reflected in the negotiations on the ground, and the political momentum built there, has yet to be transformed into driving force for the negotiating process. Our road to Copenhagen is still long and winding, full of stumbling blocks and real challenges.

Mr. Chairman, the train started in Bali is running on a two-track railway. The train should have already been accelerated so as to arrive in Copenhagen in time. But to our great disappointment and dismay, the train encounters big problems in running along the two-track rail, with one track, the Kyoto Protocol, on the verge of being destroyed. The Kyoto Protocol track is cut into pieces and its debris and fragmented pieces are placed on the Convention track. Serious consequences will follow. On the one hand, new roadblocks are going to be placed on the Convention track of the negotiating process, and the train is going to be derailed. On the other hand, the two-track train is suddenly pushed onto a single track, and the train is going to be topside down.

Mr. Chairman, the train to Copenhagen is in imminent peril. Please don’t destroy the Kyoto Protocol Track! Please don’t place new roadblocks on the Convention Track! And please don’t derail our train to Copenhagen!

Mr. Chairman, the Copenhagen conference must be a success. And the key to such a success lies in the high respect for and firm commitment to the Convention, its Kyoto Protocol, the Bali Roadmap, and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. We still cherish the hope with confidence that we would achieve a successful outcome in Copenhagen, as long as our negotiation is moving along the two tracks and if we all join efforts and move in the same direction.

It is our hope that in Barcelona, our negotiations should focus on the mandate of the Bali Action Plan, focus on the essentials regarding mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology transfer. Developed countries should come forward with a firm commitment to undertake ambitious mid-term reduction targets by 2020. We need to agree on setting up mechanisms for financing, technology transfer and capacity building support. Developing countries, in the context of sustainable development, will take nationally appropriate mitigation actions that are enabled and supported by financing, technology transfer and capacity building from developed countries.

Mr. Chairman, our President, H.E. Mr.Hu Jintao solemnly stated at the UN Summit last month, China’s policies, measures and actions to combat climate change, demonstrating China’s seriousness and deep sense of responsibility for the survival and development of mankind and the future of our Mother Earth. This delegation has got firm and clear instructions to continue its proactive and constructive role in the negotiations and to make utmost contribution to the successful outcome in Copenhagen.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
 
 
 
 

Source:Department of Climate Change,NDRC
Date:Oct 21,2009