APEC summit concludes, leaders issue declaration to urge new growth paradigm (2)

20:07, November 15, 2009      

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CLIMATE CHANGE

APEC leaders Sunday also vowed to push for coordinated efforts to tackle the climate change as this weekend is considered the last meet of regional leaders before they attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in early December.

But they dropped a specific target to cut greenhouse gas emission by 50 percent by 2050 in the joint declaration due to the controversy of the issue.

A Chinese official familiar with the discussion told a press briefing Saturday that the emission cut proposal was scrapped for fear that the binding provision on a controversial issue might disrupt the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.

State and government leaders from about 190 countries are expected to attend the U.N. Copenhagen conference on Dec. 7-18. The meeting was initially intended to lay the ground for renewing greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets set by the Kyoto Protocol before they expire in 2012. But chances now look slim.

The APEC accounts for approximately 60 percent of the world energy consumption. Eighteen APEC leaders, including Chinese President Hu Jintao, Sunday held an informal breakfast discussion on climate change. Hu said the Copenhagen conference was an important meeting of the international community to cooperate on climate change and pushing for a positive result of the conference conforms to the common interests of all parties.
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