‘Global response required’

NEW york: Climate change is a common challenge facing humanity, and requires a global response, said a Chinese envoy at a Security Council high-level open debate on climate and security.

The relationship between climate and security is very complex, and the Security Council, on the basis of its mandate emanating from the UN Charter and its existing agenda, needs to get it right in terms of the manner and extent of its engagement in discussing and addressing issues related to climate and security, said Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

It is imperative that the main channels for international cooperation on climate change are maintained, he said.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement is the most authoritative platform, he said, noting that the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capability as well as equity are the cornerstones of global climate governance.

“We must uphold the convention and the Paris Agreement as the main channels, and respect the right to speak on an equal footing,” he added.

It is essential for developed countries to earnestly fulfil their international obligations and commitments, said Zhang, adding that developed countries bear historical responsibility for climate change.

“In discussing climate change, regardless of the platform or angle, we should not lose sight of this very basic fact,” he said.

The Chinese envoy said that developed countries cannot always lock their sight on others, and they must take concrete actions in leading the substantial reduction of emissions, realise net-zero or even negative carbon emissions at an early date while honouring their commitments on climate financing, provide a clear timetable and roadmap from 2021 to 2025, and formulate a new collective quantitative post-2025 funding target. — Xinhua

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