United States President Barack Obama said on Tuesday a new global agreement on climate change must include strong commitments from emerging economies and move past the rich-poor country divide that has hampered progress in United Nations negotiations, Reuters reported.
Speaking at the UN climate change summit, Obama said strong commitments from some of the world’s emerging economies are needed because the amount of greenhouse gases they emit increases as their economies grow.
“This time we need an agreement that reflects economic realities in the next decade and beyond,” Obama was quoted as saying.
“It must be ambitious because that’s what the scale of this challenge demands.”
Obama said that prior to taking the podium, he met with China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and they agreed that the world’s two biggest emitters “have a responsibility to lead”.
China surpassed the US in 2007 as the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.
Following Obama’s remarks, Zhang said China would aim to cap emissions or have them peak “as early as possible”. Some Chinese government advisers said this could happen after 2030.
Zhang also said China would double its support for a fund specifically created for developing countries to help other developing countries become more resilient to climate change.
Leaders mostly did not disclose specifics about the plans they are due to unveil next year, ahead of Paris climate talks scheduled for December 2015, the report said.
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