Dubai, 6 December 2023(TDI): At the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai, Vice-Premier of China Ding Xuexiang delivered a powerful and detailed speech on the global climate crisis.
Representing President Xi Jinping as a special envoy, he emphasized the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for developed nations to provide financial, technological, and capacity-building support to their developing counterparts.
Vice Premier Ding highlighted the importance of multilateralism in confronting the challenges posed by climate change. He expressed China’s solidarity with other developing nations and reinforced the shared responsibility of all nations to combat climate change collectively.
He also emphasized the need for developed nations to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and support developing nations in their efforts to do the same.
At the COP28 Summit, Vice Premier Ding proposed a three-point agenda that provided a comprehensive strategy for addressing the climate crisis.
Firstly, he stressed the importance of practicing multilateralism and adhering unwaveringly to the goals and principles outlined in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. He called for enhanced solidarity and cooperation to achieve mutually beneficial, win-win outcomes.
Secondly, Vice Premier Ding urged nations to expedite the green transformation. He emphasized the need for a swift transition to green and low-carbon production methods and lifestyles.
This, he said, is critical to mitigating the impacts of climate change and fostering sustainability across all sectors of human activity. He also called for increased investment in renewable energy and other green technologies.
Finally, Vice Premier Ding highlighted the imperative for strengthened implementation and honoring existing commitments fully. He particularly called on developed countries to substantially increase their support for developing nations, echoing the need to translate vision into reality.
He emphasized the importance of providing financial and technological support to developing nations to help them adapt to the impacts of climate change and transition to low-carbon economies.
Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang’s speech resonated with a sense of shared responsibility and urgency, providing a roadmap for global climate action.
As the annual UN gathering continues, his three-point proposal is a beacon for international cooperation, guiding nations toward a sustainable and resilient future.