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The United Nations Summit on Climate Change Convenes to Call on the International Community to Promote Actions against Global Warming

(IESCO New York reported by Duan Ying) At eight o’clock on September 23rd, the remarkable United Nations Summit on Climate Change was officially held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Invited by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, state leaders, leaders of business and financing circles as well as representatives of civic society participated in the summit together and discussed how to tackle with problems of climate change and take concerted actions.

A telefilm about the severe impacts of climate change opened the curtain of the summit. Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks on the opening ceremony that, climate change is threatening the hard-won peace and prosperity and the opportunities for billions of people, so that governments and people of various countries should stick together to reach a meaningful and universal climate agreement at the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference and try to control the global temperature rise to be below 2 degrees Celsius.

Li Bingbing, Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Environment Program and Leonardo Dicaprio, United Nations Messenger of Peace spoke at the opening ceremony, pointing out that, the carbon dioxide emissions today is unprecedented and the problem of climate change is not political problem only, but the problem relating to survival, and low carbon economy should be the best choice for future development.

After the opening ceremony, the plenary session of the summit was officially held at the same period in the UN Hall of Society and Economy, the UN Hall of Trusteeship and the UN Hall of General Assembly. French President Francois Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and other over 120 national leaders delivered speech at the summit.

As the head of state of the host country for the 21st Conference of Parties of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which would be held in December, 2015 in Paris, French President Francois Hollande spoke first and pointed that, climate change is the tough challenge that mankind is faced with. The world should not forget the lesson of failed agreement at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and should shoulder the responsibility to achieve success in Paris by reaching an ambitious global agreement.

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa stressed that, climate change is an urgent challenge facing mankind and the world must realize the transformation by controlling the global temperature rise to be below 2 degrees Celsius. In order to improve the achievement of new climate change agreement at the end of next year, he personally would convene a high-level conference of UN General Assembly in the middle of next year.

U.S. President Barack Obama pointed out that, climate problem is an urgent one and the international community should reach an ambitious, inclusive and flexible agreement for this problem. He declared that he has issued executive orders on that day, asking federal agencies to include enhancing climate resilience into the international development projects and investments.

The Special Envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said, China is willing to cooperate with various countries and shoulder responsibilities to jointly create a better future for human beings. He declared that, in order to largely push forward the South-South Cooperation in dealing with climate change, China would double the aid funds on the existing basis. 

President of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Rajendra Pachauri used scientific statistics shows the climate change human beings are experiencing. He proposed that, the international community should take decisive actions to prevent the serious consequences of climate change.

The summit was closed at the night of 23rd. According to the summit outcome documents, it has outlined the global vision in five respects which are emission reduction, funds and market mobilization, carbon pricing, climate resilience enhancement and new partnership motivation. 

On the base of the political commitment made by all parties at the summit, state leaders agreed to take bold actions like emission reduction and climate resilience enhancement. They will carry out climate restoration under the framework of extreme poverty reduction and sustainable development improvement to achieve a meaningful global agreement on climate change in Paris next year. Besides, they will abundantly support the Green Climate Fund and carbon pricing problem and improve and enlarge the risk and financing mechanisms for climate resilience in Africa and Caribbean area.








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