China urges relevant parties to fulfill commitment to Kyoto Protocol

22:01, April 13, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

China on Tuesday urged all parties bound by the Kyoto Protocol to earnestly fulfill their commitment to the treaty, and criticized some developed countries' attempts to sideline or even abandon the existing protocol.

"It was obvious that some developed countries have tried to shirk from their responsibilities to cut emissions as they pushed to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new agreement," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu at a regular news briefing.

Jiang was responding to a question concerning the divergence between the developed and developing world during a UN climate change meeting held in Bonn, Germany from April 9-11.

It was the first round of the UN climate change talks since the Copenhagen conference last year, aiming at preparing for an annual ministerial-level meeting in Cancun, Mexico, scheduled from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10, which was another chance for reaching a legally binding framework.

"China supports the promulgation of a legally-binding agreement through negotiations," said Jiang.

"The Kyoto Protocol sets emission cut targets for developed countries from 2008 to 2012," she said. "However, most developed countries have failed to fulfill their obligations as the end of the Protocol's first commitment period draws near, instead their emissions have increased by big margins."

Jiang also stressed importance to fix on emission cut obligations of developed countries in the second commitment period and corresponding arrangement for fund and technology to push the international climate change talks to achieve results.

Developing countries should mitigate greenhouse gas emissions under the framework of sustainable development, she added.

"To equate emission cut obligations of developed countries and developing countries runs counter to the principle of 'common but differentiated responsibilities' of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was the basis for international negotiations," she said.

"It can never be accepted by any developing country including China," Jiang said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based eastday.com reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion