Paris climate talks: Courage, sincerity needed for climate deal

The UN climate change conference will be held in Paris from Monday to Dec. 11, during which world leaders are expected to be united in finding solutions to cut carbon emissions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the upcoming Paris meeting, and the role of China in the global effort on environmental protection is expected to be further highlighted.

The Paris climate change conference is the latest attempt by the world to reduce carbon emissions after talks in Copenhagen in 2009 failed to deliver a deal.

Optimism has mounted for the upcoming Paris talks, with “a powerful, ambitious and legally binding deal” expected to be reached to deal with climate change after 2020.

With extreme weather-related disasters on the rise, expectations are high that the Paris conference will reach an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2020.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZOU JI, Chinese environment expert:
“The focus of the upcoming conference, is to practise the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, the principle of equity, and the principle of respective capabilities outlined in the UNFCCC.”

Developed countries are expected to make more concrete action to honor their commitments to offer financing and technology to developing countries.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZOU JI, Chinese environment expert:
“Capital and technology are important factors for fighting climate change. Developed countries should give more help to developing countries, which may encourage developing countries to do better.”

For the first time, the Chinese president will attend the opening ceremony of the UN climate talks. Xi Jinping will deliver China’s proposals in his keynote speech.

China has already pledged to cut its carbon emissions by 60-65 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, and increase non-fossil fuel sources in primary energy consumption to about 20 percent.

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