Developed nations should not shift responsibility for climate change
2010/08/03

The core of the ongoing UN climate talks is that developed countries should take on their historical, legal and moral responsibilities for climate change, China's envoy on climate change negotiation said in Bonn Monday.

Huang Huikang, who took over Yu Qingtai as special representative for climate change negotiations of China's Foreign Ministry, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview that developed nations should stop shifting focus from their promises and pledges on climate change.

"In the past 200 years, developed countries have caused a large accumulation of carbon dioxide due to their mode of production and way of life -- the historical responsibility is quite clear in this regard," he said.

Huang, who leads the Chinese delegation under the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), came to Bonn for the third round of UN climate talks this year, which is scheduled for Aug. 2 to 6.

Huang said that the current climate talks can move in the right direction only if the developed countries could take the lead to substantially cut greenhouse gas emissions, living up to the goal proposed by scientists of reducing emission by 40 percent by 2020 on the 1990 level.

"The expectations of the international community are far from being satisfied since industrialized nations are far from reaching a target even lower than 40 percent," he said.

Moreover, developed countries have an obligation to provide adequate, timely financial and technological support for the poorest countries, also the weakest before the disasters caused by climate change, the special representative added.

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