Chinese top climate official urges Kyoto Protocol extension, finance implementation in Doha

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Chief of Chinese delegation to the UN climate conference said here Monday that the extension of the Kyoto Protocol and implementation of finance support by rich countries are of central importance for the negotiations.

Xie Zhenhua, deputy head of China's National Development and Reform Commission, made the remarks at a high-level forum at the Chinese corner of the climate talks in Doha, Qatar.

Xie, who arrived here Sunday for the talks' high-level segment, said a ratifiable and legally binding amendment of the Kyoto Protocol needs to be worked out in Doha so that the treaty can enter an extension right after its first commitment period expires at the end of 2012.

The protocol is the only legally binding climate accord that requires industrialized countries to make quantified carbon emission cuts, which underscores the importance of a second commitment period.

The Chinese climate official also stressed that finance support for developing countries' adaptation and mitigation of climate change is another important issue here in Doha.

He urged more information to be made transparent about the developed countries' financial support for their developing peers, both on the Fast Start finance and on the more ambitious Green Climate Fund.

"Who donated how much to whom for what, as well as the results, need to be made transparent," Xie said. "Real implementation of the 30-billion-U.S. dollar Fast Start and plans for the financial support from 2013 to 2020 needed to be ensured."

He further said that the Doha conference should be one about implementation of the consensus reached in previous talks, which is vital for boosting bilateral confidence and trust in global efforts to fight climate change. Endi

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