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China’s Climate Negotiator Impressed With Our COP23 Preparation

Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China, Xie Zhenhua, says he is impressed with the team Fiji has lined up as we prepare for COP23 in Bonn, Germany. And
21 Apr 2017 11:00
China’s Climate  Negotiator  Impressed With Our COP23 Preparation
Visiting Chinese delegation head, Xie Zhenhua (left) and Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, Zhang Ping while being interviewed Fiji Sun Managing Editor News at Tanoa Plaza on 20 April, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China, Xie Zhenhua, says he is impressed with the team Fiji has lined up as we prepare for COP23 in Bonn, Germany.

And China will work to rally support for Fiji from the international community to make this conference a success.

A high level Chinese delegation arrived into the country to meet with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and see the preparations Fiji has made for COP23.

“Our Chinese delegation of climate change was warmly received by your government. We also met with the working team of COP23.  I think a lot of work has already been done. It is the first time for a COP meet to be presided over by an island country so it is very significant,” Mr Xie.

“I think this can better reflect the needs of developing countries and small island states and the importance of focusing on climate change,” he said.

He also stressed the need for those who had committed themselves to the Paris Agreement to see through on their commitment.

“It takes one year for the Paris Agreement to take consensus. Every country should make an effort towards this consensus. Since Fiji has taken the presidency of COP23 ,now  it is your responsibility to lead the discussions. This responsibility is very challenging but also very honourable and you make a great contribution to the world.”

China has already given Fiji US$100,000 (about F$207,660) to prepare for COP23.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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