Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Friday that climate change is
ultimately an issue of development and can only be resolved through
"Climate change is an environmental issue, but ultimately, it is
an issue of development," Yang said in a speech delivered at the
general debate of the 62nd session of the United Nations General
Assembly. "It has arisen in the course of development and can only
be resolved through development."
He said development in the world has brought advanced material
progress and caused ecological imbalance and environmental
pollution at the time.
"To protect our common homeland is a matter of vital importance
for our common future," Yang said.
He stressed that the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol must be upheld and that the
principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" must be
Yang urged both the developed and developing countries to do
their part in tackling climate change.
"Developed countries should face up to their responsibility,
fulfill their commitment on emission reduction in real earnest and
continue to take the lead in emission reduction after 2012," Yang
He said China takes climate change seriously and has set a
target of cutting energy intensity by about 20 percent and total
discharge of major pollutants by 10 percent, and increasing forest
coverage to 20 percent for the period between the end of 2005 and
Yang said China will follow its National Program on Addressing
Climate Change and take an active part in international cooperation
in climate change and contribute its share to protecting global
(Xinhua News agency September 29, 2007)