China G77 Meeting on Climate Change
The Chair of the Group of 77 Ambassador Peter Thomson met today with Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of China Mr. Xie Zhenhua, to discuss the multilateral process of UNFCCC climate change negotiations and related matters. Mr. Xie is in New York to meet with the UN Secretary-General and key stakeholders including the G77 to discuss the year’s work programme of climate change negotiations.
Mr. Xie took the opportunity to acknowledge Fiji’s effective work in maintaining G77 unity across the broad range of issues that the G77 is active on this year, and assured the Chairman of China’s active and constructive role in supporting Fiji’s Chairmanship.
Mr. Xie and Ambassador Thomson discussed the elements of the joint declaration of the meeting of BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) from their meeting earlier in the year which had outlined the position of the BASIC countries on the UNFCCC process. Key elements include the need to build on the consensus reached in Doha during COP18 and to ensure that the commitments made there are honoured and implemented. Discussions emphasized the importance of political will in the approach to COP 19, due to be held in Warsaw in November 2013, and to ensure that the concerns of developing countries relating to financing for climate change are taken into account through clear solutions being provided for financing, including through the implementation of the commitment to mobilise $100 billion for climate financing before 2020.
Mr. Xie and Ambassador Thomson also discussed the proposed World Leaders Climate Change Conference for 2014, and agreed in discussions that the two key principles for that conference would need to be that the Conference provide overall political guidance to the UNFCCC process, and that it find a solution to the financing for climate change issues.
The meeting was concluded with a reiteration of China’s support of the G77 and the work being conducted for the Group by Fiji as Chair.