China’s top climate change negotiator says keeping leaders away is key to climate talk success. (ET).
Keeping state leaders away from the negotiations will play a major role in ensuring that crucial talks on a new global climate deal in Paris next week proceed smoothly, China’s top climate change negotiator said in an interview on Monday.
Representatives from nearly 200 countries will gather in the French capital to begin talks aimed at thrashing out a new global deal to cut climate-warming greenhouse gases.
Xie Zhenhua, China’s veteran climate chief, told Reuters in an interview that he was confident there was now sufficient “political will” to secure a new deal, and that changes to the “design” of the talks would help avoid the failures of Copenhagen in 2009.
“No country wants the situation in Copenhagen to be repeated,” he said. “Letting heads of state try to resolve the problems rather than leaving it to the negotiators was an error in the design and it led to an error in the result.”
Xie said China proposed to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at an early stage to try to restrict the involvement of state leaders in order to ease the political pressures on negotiators.
“They can speak at the opening ceremony, express hope about how the meeting should go, and make requests to their delegations, but afterwards, the specifics need to be resolved by the delegations,” he said.
China has pushed rich nations to meet their commitments to mobilise $100 billion of financing per year to help poorer countries mitigate and adapt to rising temperatures, and the issue remained a fundamental part of upcoming negotiations, Xie said.
While some have urged China to contribute to the fund, Beijing remains adamant that the obligations lie with rich nations. Xie said China was “willing to help developing countries in accordance with our abilities” and had already set up mechanisms to help poorer countries finance their fight against global warming.
China, already believed to be the world’s biggest source of greenhouse gases, pledged last year to bring its emissions to a peak by “around 2030″.
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