Chinese climate delegation in Bonn calls for focused talks on pre-2020 action

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-11 02:12:41|Editor: yan
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BONN, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese delegation to the ongoing UN climate talks here on Friday voiced concerns on behalf of developing countries, calling for focused discussions on pre-2020 actions.

"There has been heated debate on pre-2020 ambition in Bonn. Actually it is not a new issue, rather, an unfinished business," Chinese negotiator Chen Zhihua told a press briefing held by the delegation.

Focusing on technical issues, the first week of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is drawing to an end.

"There are only two years to 2020 so we don't have the luxury of time, and we really need to accelerate domestic processes to ratify the Doha amendment so as to put it into effect as soon as possible," Chen said.

He added, as countries agreed in the Bali process that developed countries should enhance their ambition in terms of support to developing countries, "it is time to take stock of what they have done and where the gap is and how to close the gap."

The global fight against climate change, starting from 1992 with the inception of the UNFCCC, can be divided into pre-2020 phase which was guided by the Kyoto Protocol and years afterwards which will be directed by the Paris Agreement.

However, the Doha amendment, establishing the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020) and including quantified emission limitation or reduction commitments by several developed countries, have just been ratified by some countries.

Developing countries also called for a ceremony to celebrate the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol as this year marks the 20th anniversary of the historical event, according to Chen.

"We need to do something to memorize this very important historical moment, and action is the best way to commemorate the adoption," Chen said.