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China's Efforts to Handle Climate Change Welcomed
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Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has expressed thanks for what China has done in dealing with climate change and advised the largest developing country in the world to continue to do more in this field.

"It's rapidly gaining pace," he told Xinhua Wednesday during a major United Nations climate change meeting being held in Nairobi. "There is steward awareness among the Chinese leadership, particularly those who are looking at the future economic development power of China." 

Steiner suggested China put more effort into power generation in the future and public transport.

"I know the leadership in China, with international collaboration, is looking at how the power, the electricity that is needed in the future can be generated," he said.

The UNEP chief also advised the Chinese government to draw-up a plan to manage public transport as the country had seen a rapid growth in the number of private vehicles in recent years.

Steiner also pointed out that forestation and efficient land management could help China register sustainable development.

China, which has sent a delegation led by senior officials and diplomats to the climate change conference, is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol. It's aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions through global efforts to curb climate change.

The UN conference on climate change started on Monday with participants exploring an international framework to deal with the issue of global warming after 2012. This is the last year covered by the current emission rules under the Kyoto Protocol.

(Xinhua News Agency November 10, 2006)


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