China, 15 November 2023(TDI): On Wednesday, China and the US released the Sunnylands Statement on Enhancing Cooperation to Address the Climate Crisis. It declared their joint pledge to collaborate with other nations to tackle the climate crisis.

They also announced a working group that will concentrate on topics such as energy transition, methane, circular economy and resource efficiency, low-carbon and deforestation, as per China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

The joint statement by China and the US reiterates, confirms, and pledges to continue the efficient and lasting execution of the China-US Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Crisis from April 2021 and the China-US Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s from November 2021.

China and the US acknowledge that the climate crisis has worsened the situation of countries globally, stay devoted to the effective execution of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, respecting fairness and the principle of common but different duties and abilities, considering diverse national situations, to accomplish the Paris Agreement’s goals following its Article 2 to keep the global average temperature rise well under 2 degrees Celsius and to strive to restrict it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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China and the US stay devoted to the efficient execution of the Paris Agreement and the decisions following it, such as the Glasgow Climate Pact and the Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan.

Both nations emphasize the significance of COP28 in tackling the climate crisis effectively in this crucial decade and afterwards.

They recognize the key role they have in both their national actions and their joint cooperation to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and support multilateralism.

China and the US agree to activate the Working Group on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s, to collaborate and communicate to speed up concrete climate actions in the 2020s.

The Working Group will concentrate on the areas of cooperation that have been specified in the Joint Statement and the Joint Declaration, such as energy transition, methane, circular economy and resource efficiency, low-carbon and sustainable provinces or prefectures and cities, and deforestation, and any other topics that are mutually agreed upon.

The Working Group will exchange information on policies, measures, and technologies for managing and lowering emissions, learn from each other’s experiences, find and execute cooperative projects, and assess the execution of the Joint Statement, the Joint Declaration, and this Statement.

The Working Group Is jointly led by the two special envoys on climate change, with the suitable involvement of officials from the related ministries and government agencies of the two countries.

Both countries will work together to advance relevant policies and measures and the use of technologies to improve the coordination of controlling GHG emissions and air pollutants, such as NOX, VOCs, and other tropospheric ozone precursors.

China and the US, along with the United Arab Emirates, will call on countries to join a Methane and Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases Summit at COP28.

Moreover, China and the US will anticipate the first Global Stocktake under the Paris Agreement, which is a crucial chance for the Parties to review their ambition, implementation, and cooperation, in accordance with the Paris temperature goal to keep the global average temperature rise well under 2 degrees Celsius and strive to restrict it to 1.5 degrees Celsius , and the Parties’ determination to maintain a 1.5 degree Celsius limit on temperature rise within reach.