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The process to strengthen implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) should make progress as early as possible, and to achieve concrete results in 2010 at the latest, said a Chinese official in Bali on Wednesday.


"We need to further strengthen implementation of the Convention, and put the provisions of the Convention on mitigation, adaptation, provision of financial resources, technology transfer and capacity building to concrete actions and make them effective," said Xie Zhenhua, deputy head of China's National Development and Reform Commission, in his speech at a high-level segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference - Bali, 2007.


The high-level segment opened here on Wednesday and 144 ministers and high-level government representatives along with six heads of state were joining discussions of the Bali Conference, which is expected to launch negotiations on a new global deal on climate change.


The UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol are the legal basis for international cooperation to address climate change. Therefor, the objectives, principles and model of cooperation established therein in the long run must be adhered to, Xie said.


The Conference of Parties of the Convention and its Protocol are the most orthodox and effective forum to discuss and coordinate actions and measures to address climate change. The future arrangement on international cooperation to address climate change beyond 2012 should continue to be built upon the two-track approach decided by the Montreal Conference in 2005.


An effective mechanism needs to be established to provide financial resources and technology transfer to developing countries, so as to enable them to make greater contributions to address climate change, Xie added.


The conference, the 13th Conference of the 192 Parties to the UNFCCC and the third meeting of the 176 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, is being attended by more than 11,000 people, making it the largest U.N. climate change meeting ever held.


(Xinhua News Agency December 13, 2007)

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