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UPDATED: November 15, 2013
Rich Countries Should Live up to Commitments on Climate Change:China

Representatives from China and 194 other countries have gathered in Warsaw to discuss the United Nations' (UN) framework convention on climate change. China is urging developed countries to make good on their promised financing of climate change initiatives.

Another round of UN climate talks in Poland. Typhoon Haiyan, kills more than 2,200 people in the Philippines.

Many people are making a connection with a renewed sense of urgency.

The meeting in Warsaw however isn't expected to make much progress. It aims to lay a foundation for a global agreement that will be up for discussion in Paris in 2015.

That doesn't mean there aren't many contentious issues to discuss during the meeting which ends on November 20.

Before heading to Warsaw, China's delegation reiterated its pledges to play a more active role in addressing climate change. It also urged developed countries to honor their promises to finance climate change initiatives and technology transfer.

The head of China's delegation warned developed countries they have to live up to their commitments.

If we cannot implement what has already been agreed to, we have no further interest in talking further," Xie Zhenhua, Deputy Director of National Development and Reform Commission, said.

In 2009, developed nations promised to spend $100 billion per year until 2020 to help developing countries adapt to climate change. They also contributed $30 billion to a fast-start Finance fund from 2010 to 2012.

"So far, developing economies have accounted for 70 percent of globally set emissions reduction targets.We have taken the action without financial aid of developed countries," Xie said.

So far the Green Climate Fund, which was supposed to channel billions of dollars remains an empty shell, while the fast-start fund is embroiled in controversy over transparency and the slow disbursement of funds.

(CNTV.cn November 14, 2013)


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