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Developed countries should fulfill their emissions reduction commitments: experts

(Xinhua)

20:03, December 14, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese climate experts have urged developed countries to fulfill their emissions reduction commitments in wake of the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, a meeting that saved the global climate talks from collapse.

The 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) was scheduled to end last Friday, but because of strong divisions on some hot issues among parties, the conference was extended an extra day.

After 14 days of talks, the conference agreed to establish a working group to launch a process to develop a protocol that will arrange emissions-cutting pledges after 2020. It is the first inclusive emissions cut arrangement, which is expected to come into effect in 2020.

The conference also extended by five years the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 agreement that has binding emissions targets for some developed countries.

Chen Ying, vice director of the Research Center for Sustainable Development of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the achievements made at the conference will boost the efforts in coping with climate change.

However, the lack of developed countries' political will hinder cooperation on addressing climate change by the international community, Chen added.

At the end of the Durban conference, Xie Zhenhua, head of the Chinese delegation, criticized "some countries," referring to developed countries with binding emissions-cuts obligations under the Kyoto Protocol that had not met their commitments to reducing greenhouse emissions and supporting developing countries in this regard with financial and technical aid.

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