China walks the talk in managing climate change
November 15,2016 By:Xinhua
MARRAKECH, Morocco, Nov. 15, 2016 -- Braving the chills in Marrakech, delegates attending a United Nations conference on climate change crossed through low-carbon fabricated pavilions, pondering pragmatic prescriptions to curb the fever gripping mother Earth.
As has been always the case, China, as the largest developing country, has taken concrete moves to act on its pledges on this issue of global concern.
From billions of dollars in climate investment over the years to Yangtze electric shuttle buses serving the conference in Marrakech, one can see China's role as a positive force behind endeavors to save the planet.
As Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai put it, "whatever other countries may do or may not do, China will continue to make genuine efforts to respond to climate change to seek to realize green and sustainable development."
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AS STRATEGY
Since 1997, when sustainable development was set as a national strategy, China has been stressing its crucial role both domestically and at world forums.
Last September, while chairing a United Nations roundtable on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Chinese Premier Li Keqiang unveiled the country's national plan for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As the first national blueprint that specifies various domains and concrete goal-oriented measures, the plan comprehensively expounds China's development policy and its efforts to help other developing countries forge ahead with the process of global implementation.
Pursuing sustainable development is the fundamental solution to all kinds of global problems, the premier said, adding that as a responsible developing country, China is willing to join in relevant international efforts and continuously increase investment in South-South cooperation.
"China plays a 'very important' role in promoting and consolidating South-South partnership," said Salaheddine Mezouar, president of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), on Saturday.
Cooperation among developing countries, with its great potential in managing climate change, is a main area of discussion at COP22, to help developing economies come up with common responses to their pressing needs.