Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ban Ki-moon welcomes joint China-US announcement on measures to tackle climate change

UN, 25 September 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the joint announcement made today by the Governments of China and the United States on the significant steps each country is aiming to take to address climate change.

“This announcement bolsters prospects for a universal, meaningful agreement in Paris this year. It further signals the shared vision and seriousness with which the world’s two largest economies are moving to a low carbon future,” said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

China’s plans to create the world’s largest carbon market by 2017, coupled with its ground-breaking commitment of $3 billion to South-South cooperation on climate change, will improve the health and well-being of its citizens and deliver tangible benefits to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, the statement said.

“The Secretary-General also welcomes the United States’ reaffirmation of its commitment to significant emissions reductions and its pledge to the Green Climate Fund,” the statement continued.

Concluding, it said that the joint China-US announcement provides strong leadership and momentum for a comprehensive global climate agreement in Paris that can put the world on a safer, more sustainable pathway.


  1. China plans to start its national emission trading system in 2017, says a China-U.S. joint presidential state on climate change released Friday...

    The system is to cover key industry sectors such as iron and steel, power generation, chemicals, building materials, paper-making, and nonferrous metals, according to the document, an outcome of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States.

    China also vows to increase the share of green buildings to 50 percent in newly built buildings in cities and towns by 2020 and the share of public transport in motorized travel to 30 percent in big- and medium-sized cities by 2020.

  2. China pledged on Friday a 20-billion-yuan ($3 billions) fund to help other developing countries combat climate change...

    The China South-South Climate Cooperation Fund will also enhance the countries' capacity to access the Green Climate Fund, according to a China-US joint presidential statement on climate change signed here during Chinese President Xi Jinping's first state visit to the United States.


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