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Vice-premier urges joint efforts to tackle global climate change

Updated: Jan 26,2021 06:58 AM    Xinhua

BEIJING — Vice-Premier Han Zheng on Jan 25 called for joint efforts of all countries to enhance actions of climate adaptation and work for new progress in global climate governance.

Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks while addressing the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 via video link in Beijing.

He said that climate change is the common challenge facing humanity, and its response requires accommodating both mitigation and adaptation.

China has attached equal importance to mitigation and adaptation, Han said, adding that China is formulating a national strategy of adapting to climate change for 2035 and would make the country more resilient to climate risks.

As 2021 marks the comprehensive implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the vice-premier called for global solidarity to enhance adaptation actions to promote the new progress in global climate governance.

Han urged developed countries to offer more financial and technical support to developing countries regarding climate change. He also called on all countries to formulate and implement national adaptation plans according to their national realities. It would make their adaptation actions more effective and sustained and uphold multilateralism in international cooperation.

The summit, initiated by the Netherlands, encourages all governments to take more adaptation measures to reduce climate-related hazards and strengthen climate resilience.