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China has earmarked over $100M for South-South cooperation on climate change in past 6 years

(People's Daily Online)    16:55, September 07, 2017

China has earmarked 700 million yuan ($107 million) to promote South-South cooperation on climate change over the past six years, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s top economic planner.

In the past six years, the country has signed memorandums of understanding with 27 countries, under which it donated LED energy-efficient lamps, road lights, and energy-efficient air conditioners to those countries, said Xie Ji, an inspector at NDRC’s department of climate change, during a seminar on curbing climate change held in Gansu, northwest China, on Sept. 6.

Xie called on the international community to jointly tackle climate change and make headways in green and low-carbon development. China, a country affected by climate change, has made eye-catching achievements to tackle the issue through a variety of ways, including adjusting its economic and industrial structure, upgrading its power structure, and improving energy efficiency.

South-South cooperation is an important mechanism to enhance collaboration and achieve common development, Xie said. Since 2011, China has trained over 1,000 climate change officials and technical staff for more than 120 countries.

Currently, the country is initiating a special fund to construct 10 low-carbon demonstration areas, 100 projects aimed at reducing and adapting to climate change, and train another 1,000 talents in developing countries, Xie added.

The 14-day climate change seminar brings together 29 officials and scholars from Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Egypt, Cambodia, Laos, Ghana, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Iran.

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