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Top political advisor calls for green development
July 12,2016   By:Xinhua
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GUIYANG, July 12,2016-- China's top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Saturday called for a new system of green development.
 
Yu, chairman of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), was addressing the Eco Forum Global Annual Conference 2016 in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province.
 
China will continue green development, he said, emphasizing the importance of planning, innovation, structure transformation, reform and international cooperation in achieving the goal of green development.
 
China took part in the negotiations on the Paris Agreement with a responsible, cooperative and constructive attitude and made important contributions, he said.
 
On Dec. 12, 2015, climate negotiators of 196 parties to the UN conference on climate change in Paris sealed the pact, aiming to reverse the trend of global warming mainly caused by carbon emissions.
 
The Paris Agreement is a crucial step in coping with climate change and shows the determination of the whole of mankind to protect the earth, he said.
 
China has full confidence in the pact, he said.
 
Yu said China has always been a promoter and practitioner of the eco-civilization and has made green development a basic philosophy guiding its social and economic development in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) and beyond.
 
China is acting on its new vision of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, the five cornerstones proposed by President Xi Jinping for China to secure resilient, sustainable growth.
 
Eco-civilization concerns the welfare and future of mankind, he said.
 
The forum, which runs until Sunday has gathered more than 1,000 guests from China and abroad.
 
Foreign leaders who addressed the opening ceremony included Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, President of the National Council of Switzerland Christa Markwalder, Deputy President of Kenya William Ruto and Laotian Deputy Prime Minister Bounthong Chitmany.
 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a video of congratulation to the opening ceremony.