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Xi Jinping Attends Leaders Working Lunch on Climate Change of UN

On September 27 local time, President Xi Jinping attended the Leaders Working Lunch on Climate Change of the United Nations (UN) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the UN chaired the meeting. President Ollanta Humala Tasso of Peru as the host country of the 2014 Climate Change Conference, President Fran├žois Hollande of France as the host country of the 2015 Climate Change Conference, and leaders from more than 30 countries and international organizations attended the meeting. Included in these countries and organizations are Kiribati, Egypt, Brazil, Columbia, South Africa, ROK, Bolivia, Mexico, Benin, Germany, Japan, Barbados, UK, Jordan, Norway, Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, Australia, Turkey, Malta, Indonesia, Angola, US, Nigeria, India and the European Council.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the Paris Climate Change Conference to be held at the end of this year will formulate new scheme for the international community to deal with climate change, and chart the course for the international community to seek green energy and low-carbon development. The agreement to be reached at the Paris Climate Change Conference should balance various factors such as mitigation, adaptation, fund and technology, and take effective means to ensure implementation. The agreement must adhere to the principles and regulations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, especially the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, the principle of equity and the principle of respective capability. All countries should take concrete actions to implement outcomes, and submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to dealing with climate change according to their national conditions. The developed countries should secure their funding and technology obligations, fulfill the commitment of providing 100 billion USD on a yearly basis until 2020, and transfer climate-friendly technologies to the developing countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that China has always responded actively to climate change in a responsible manner, regarded the task as an important opportunity to realize the transformation of the development pattern, and actively explored a low-carbon development path in line with China's national conditions. The Chinese government has fully integrated dealing with climate change into the overall strategy of national economic and social development. Last year, China's carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP dropped by 33.8 percent compared with that of 2005. In the future, China will further intensify control over greenhouse gas emissions, and try to achieve the target of reducing carbon intensity by 40 to 45 percent in 2020. China is willing to continue taking international responsibilities consistent with its own national conditions, development stage and capability. In the first half of this year, we formally submitted our INDCs and announced corresponding implementation measures. Two days ago, China and the US issued the second joint statement on climate change. China will also put "China's South-South Cooperation Fund on Climate Change" into operation as soon as possible to support other developing countries in dealing with climate change. China is willing to cooperate with countries around the world to deal with climate change in the process of implementing the development agenda.

Ban Ki-moon thanked the leaders for their attendance at the meeting, and said that the issue of climate change is of vital importance to whether the world can achieve sustainable development. He hoped this meeting can provide political impetus to the Paris Conference to reach a general agreement, so as to speed up the negotiation process of the agreement.

The leaders exchanged views on topics such as transforming world economy to low-carbon economy to realize sustainable development, raising funds to deal with climate change and speeding up the negotiation process of the agreement of the Paris Conference. The participating leaders all agreed that the Paris Conference is of vital importance for the world to deal with climate change, and all countries should solidify themselves to ensure reaching a fair and balanced agreement at the Paris Conference.

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