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Key UN climate change talks begin

By FU JING | China Daily UK | Updated: 2017-11-08 18:21

Negotiators and diplomats from around the world began two weeks of UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, on Monday. Their main task is to explore a"technical and operational" implementation road map for the Paris Agreement.

President Xi Jinping has pledged to stick to China's commitments and the country's low-carbon development strategy underlined at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China last month. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will join the Bonn talks next week to inject their "political will".

Chinese negotiators have called the Bonn talks a "threshold phase" in implementing the Paris Agreement.

Europeans have said they expect that China and the European Union will cooperate to lay a solid foundation for implementation of the Paris Agreement.

"We highly expect that both China and the EU will be taking leadership responsibility in delivering the historic Paris Agreement, especially when they talk in Bonn," said Jo Leinen, chairman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with China.

The annual UN climate negotiations are key to implementing the accord, which is meant to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 C and as close as possible to 1.5 C this century.

Patricia Espinosa, the UN climate change executive secretary, said the goal of the Bonn talks is to take the next essential steps in ensuring that the Paris Agreement's operational system is completed in time and that the ways and the means to implement it are strengthened.

"The talks in Bonn will show to the world the two faces of climate change," she said. First, she said it is the positive, resolute, inspiring momentum by so many governments, a growing array of cities and states, business, civil society and UN agencies aligning with the Paris Agreement's aims and goals. Second, it is a reality check.

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