China urges rich nations to "show sincerity" ahead of Cancun climate talks

20:01, November 19, 2010      

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China on Friday said a package of decisions could be clinched at the high-level climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, but called on developed nations to show sincerity to bridge differences with developing countries.

"By working from the easier issues, the delegates at the Cancun conference may be able to reach a balanced package of decisions on consensus issues like financial resources, technology, adaptation and forestry," said Huang Huikang, special representative for climate change negotiations of China's Foreign Ministry.

"For other disputed issues, the delegates should continue to take a cooperative attitude to lay a foundation for the completion of the Bali Road Map negotiations at the South Africa conference," Huang told a news briefing. South Africa is the host of next climate change talks late next year.

The Bali agreement, reached in late 2007 in Bali, Indonesia, is aimed at finalizing a legally-binding international treaty on tackling climate challenges in the long term.

As the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen last year failed to reach any legally-binding treaty for the years beyond 2012, expectations for the Cancun conference are modest.

The conference, lasting from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10., will gather leaders or their representatives from 180 countries. China will dispatch a high-level delegation of officials from various departments and ministries.

The major gaps between rich and poor nations relate to whether to include all the major greenhouse gas emitters in a new treaty or to extend the Kyoto Protocol, which sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2012.

Rich countries want a new treaty to include all the major emitters while developing countries, including China, urge rich nations to take the lead in the mitigation process and offer far more carbon cuts.

"The issue on the Kyoto Protocol may be the biggest dispute and is also the biggest obstacle as to why the climate talks cannot achieve expected outcomes," said Huang.

"Developed nations have the responsibility to take the lead in drastic emissions cuts, and offer funds and technology to developing nations," said Huang.

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