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China expects upcoming Durban conference to yield three tangible results: white paper


11:08, November 22, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- China is expecting three tangible results at the upcoming Durban climate change conference, according to a government white paper released Tuesday.

The white paper, titled China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change, said China expects the conference can clarify absolute quantities for developed countries' substantial emission reduction in the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.

The Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment period of which is due to expire by the end of 2012, is one of the double tracks of Bali Road Map negotiation mechanism, according to the white paper.

The emission-reduction plan for developed countries in the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol should be made clear as soon as possible so as not to leave a space between the two commitment periods, the paper said.

"This task, the most urgent at Durban, is vital to the conference's success," said the document.

Secondly, China maintains that the Durban Conference should define the emission reduction commitment under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for developed countries outside the protocol, which should be comparable with that of developed countries inside the protocol.

Since developed countries inside the Kyoto Protocol have assumed their shares of emission reduction, developed countries outside the protocol should also assume comparable emission reduction commitments under the UNFCCC, in accordance with the Bali Road Map, said the white paper.

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