Chinese climate negotiator gives spicy speech

By Yu Shujun in Doha
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Su Wei, deputy chief of the Chinese delegation to the Doha conference. [File photo]

When speaking at the closing plenary of the AWG-LCA in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 7, China's chief climate negotiator Su Wei described the outcomes of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) as a meal prepared by the chair, which is not that delicious, but at least offering them something to eat.

"We have had our ups and downs in the past two weeks. We even had doubt that all these tasks were going to be mission impossible in Doha," said Su. However, thanks to the strong leadership of the AWG-LCA chair and the collective effort, "we’ve walked out of the gloomy and hopeless situation of becoming 'desperate housewives'".

Successful and meaningful conclusions should "leave no key issues off the table," such as the equitable access to sustainable development, technology related to intellectual property rights (IPRs) and unilateral measures, said Su.

But many important issues which China is also concerned about most failed to come to an agreeable outcome, he said. They include the ambitious and comparable emission reduction targets set by developed country parties. Other topics included adaptation, finance, technology transfer, a market mechanism for the carry-over of quota, equitable access to sustainable development, technology related to IPRs and unilateral measures.

Finance is of great importance to support developing countries in their actions addressing climate change, he said.

Su urged developed countries to provide concrete information on fast-start finance as to ensure transparency and guarantee the money is allocated to the support of developing countries.

Developed countries should also by 2020 fulfill the goal of providing a hundred billion dollars per year - as they've already committed to doing.

He also underscored the need for a goal for the 2013-2015 phase in order to avoid any gaps and ensure sufficient financial support for developing countries.

AWG-LCA is one of the three working groups at the Doha climate conference. The other two are ad hoc working groups on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol and on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

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