Feb 02, 2021 07:54 PM

China, EU Hold First Climate Dialogue Ahead of U.N. Biodiversity Talks

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng. Photo: Xinhua

What’s new: China and the European Union conducted their first high level Environment and Climate Dialogue on Monday, with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng and Executive Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans participating via video, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Han said the two sides should uphold multilateralism, safeguard the international system with the United Nations at its core, abide by the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and promote the construction of a fair, reasonable and mutually beneficial global environmental governance system, Xinhua reported.

The vice premier, also a member of the Communist Party’s Central Standing Committee, said China would make “extremely arduous efforts” to promote energy conservation, emission reduction and low-carbon development.

China set 2030 as its peak year of carbon dioxide emissions along with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

What’s more: Han also said that China hoped to work together with the EU on the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) scheduled to take place in China’s southwestern city of Kunming this year.

Timmermans said on Twitter that “2021 is a crucial year for us to take action on the twin climate and biodiversity crises.” He added that the two countries” have laid the foundations for a good partnership” and will work closely together toward the United Nations’ Climate Conference in Glasgow and the COP15 in Kunming.

The China-EU high-level climate dialogue mechanism was established during a virtual summit between Chinese and European leaders in September.

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