French President Francois Hollande Says China’s Support ‘Essential’ For Deal At UN Climate Change Conference
The following is an excerpt from Sneha Shankar | November 2, 2015 | ibtimes.com |
China and France have agreed Monday that compliance checks are needed to strike a climate deal. The agreement came after French President Francois Hollande, who is currently on a two-day visit to China, said earlier that Beijing’s support was necessary for an effective deal at the upcoming United Nations climate change conference in Paris.
Hollande's China visit is said to be aimed at persuading Chinese government to push more for negotiations during the U.N. conference, which is scheduled on Nov. 30. Hollande, who made the comments in the southwestern city of Chongqing, said that he was targeting "a global and ambitious agreement that will allow [global] warming to be limited to two degrees."
"The support of the Chinese is essential," Hollande said, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). "The fight against global warming is a humanitarian issue – how the planet can be preserved – and it is also an issue of considerable economic importance, of what we call green growth."
China, which is the world’s largest polluter, is expected to be a key contributor at the conference to put forth the notion of whether the developed or developing countries should carry the weight of reducing emissions, amid the ongoing disputes. While France has been proposing a "legally binding" structure, which would also have a review every five years, China had largely opposed any disciplinary measures on the topic.
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