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Interview: Historical responsibility of developed countries unevadable: China's chief negotiator


09:49, May 04, 2013

BONN, May 3 (Xinhua) -- As global representatives gathering at German city of Bonn for a new round of UN climate change talks, China's Chief Negotiator Su Wei warned developed countries that their historical responsibility for climate change is unevadable.

Su urged the developed countries to increase their mitigation ambition and implement their pledge for assisting developing countries.

Key issues in the talks which ended on Friday in Bonn include the scope, structure and design for a new climate change agreement set to come into force in 2020 and enhancing global ambition for efforts against climate change in the pre-2020 period.

The decision to make the new agreement was made in Durban, South Africa in 2011, when the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Actions was established and authorized to develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention and applicable to all parties. The process should be completed no later than 2015 and the instrument will come into effect and be implemented from 2020.

"The aim of Durban Platform is clear, that is to further enhance the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention. It is by no means a process to create a new international climate regime," said Su.

During the discussion this week, however, some developed countries tried to make a new interpretation about the key Convention principle of "equity" and "common but differentiated responsibilities", claiming that differentiation in obligations based on a developed-developing country was not suitable anymore, as the economy capacity and emission share had changed, asking developing countries to offer mitigation efforts with the same nature with those from developed countries.

"That will definitely not be accepted by developing countries," said Su.

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