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Xi Jinping Addresses Climate Ambition Summit

2020/12/15

On December 12, 2020, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the Climate Ambition Summit entitled "Building on Past Achievements and Launching a New Journey for Global Climate Actions" via video link, announcing a series of new commitments of China's nationally determined contributions.

Xi Jinping stressed that five years ago, world leaders showed utmost political resolve and wisdom and adopted the Paris Agreement on climate change. Since then, the implementation of the Paris Agreement has received extensive international support and participation. At present, the international landscape is evolving more rapidly and COVID-19 is triggering deep reflections on the relationship between man and nature. The future of global climate governance is drawing greater attention.

Xi Jinping made three proposals:

First, we need to close ranks and make new advances in climate governance that features cooperation and win-win. In meeting the climate challenge, no one can be aloof and unilateralism will get us nowhere. China welcomes all countries' support for the Paris Agreement and their greater contribution to tackling climate change.

Second, we need to raise ambition and foster a new architecture of climate governance where every party does its part. Following the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, all countries need to maximize actions in light of their respective national circumstances and capabilities. Developed countries need to scale up support for developing countries in financing, technology and capacity building.

Third, we need to boost confidence and pursue a new approach to climate governance that highlights green recovery. It is important to encourage green, low-carbon ways of life and production, and seek development opportunities and impetus from green development.

Xi Jinping also stressed that China has made important contributions to adopting the Paris Agreement and has made active efforts toward implementing it. China has announced that it would scale up its nationally determined contributions and I wish to announce some further commitments for 2030: China will lower its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by over 65 percent from the 2005 level, increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 25 percent, increase the forest stock volume by 6 billion cubic meters from the 2005 level, and bring its total installed capacity of wind and solar power to over 1.2 billion kilowatts. China always honors its commitments. Guided by our new development philosophy, we will promote greener economic and social development in all respects while pursuing high-quality development. We will take solid steps to implement the targets just announced, and contribute even more to tackling the global climate challenge.

Xi Jinping finally stressed that, "Heaven does not speak and it alternates the four seasons; Earth does not speak and it nurtures all things." Earth is our only and shared home. Let us build on past achievements, work together to make steady progress in implementing the Paris Agreement, and launch a new journey for global climate actions.

The Climate Ambition Summit, co-convened by the United Nations and relevant countries, aims to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, further mobilize the international community to strengthen climate action and advance the multilateral process.

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