U.N. top climate negotiator Wednesday called on industrialized
countries to show leadership on the issue of climate change.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Yve de Boer, executive
secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC), said he do believe that if industrialized
countries show their leadership and reduce their greenhouse gas
emissions, the developing countries can be helped through
international cooperation to grow their economies in a clean way
and avoid making the same mistakes that were made in the West.
The U.N. official is here to attend the two-week U.N. climate
change conference which kicked off on Monday in Bali, a resort
island of Indonesia.
The challenge for most of the developing countries in tackling
the climate change is how to achieve a balance in growing economy,
while reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, he said.
Thanks to a national climate change strategy, he said, China is
already showing great effort on the question of climate change.
China has to continue to grow its economy fast, because there
are still many poor people in the country's rural area, he
As for China's green Olympic efforts, the U.N. official said
China's effort to organize the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in a
green way will have big impacts throughout the country, saying that
if China succeeds in sustainable development plan, that will be a
good example for many other countries to follow.
He believed the international cooperation on climate change can
help contribute to an sustainable development in China in the
He also said high energy costs are concerned in every country in
the world. He called for creating a mechanism for international
cooperation that leads to investment in clean energy technology in
Regarding the UNFCCC's principle of "common but differentiated
responsibilities", he said "you are increasingly seeing developing
countries act on the question of climate change."
China in June announced a "very ambitious" national climate
change strategy, he said, adding that Mexico has announced plans to
bring sectors part of its economy under a goal and India is working
on a national climate change strategy that will be announced
Brazil and South African are going to take action implementing
what they called sustainable development policies and measures, he
The impacts of the climate change being felt around the world
are creating the awareness that this is a common problem that has
to be addressed through common approach, he said.
The climate change is such a "big and complicated" issue, he
said. The problem can only be solved by working together.
The Bonn-based UNFCCC is an international environmental treaty
produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in
Rio de Janeiro on June 4, 1992. The treaty is aimed at reducing
emissions of greenhouse gas in order to combat global warming.
Since the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) met for the first
time in Berlin, Germany, the parties have been meeting annually to
assess progress in dealing with climate change.
The 2007 U.N. climate change conference in Bali, which brings
together representatives of over 180 countries, together with
observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations,
and the media, is tasked with launching negotiations on a new
climate change regime after 2012 when the current phase of the 1997
Kyoto Protocol expires. The meeting will conclude on Dec. 14.
(Xinhua News Agency December 6, 2007)