On July 12, the second China-New Zealand Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Change was held in Beijing. Minister Li Ganjie exchanged views with James Shaw, his New Zealand counterpart, on the bilateral cooperation on climate change, the ecological and environmental protection, and other issues of common concern.
This meeting was a succession to the first ministerial dialogue in February 2017, which laid a solid foundation for the bilateral cooperation on climate change.
Li shared with Minister Shaw the latest developments of China’s ecological and environmental protection sector. The Chinese Government has established a new ministry of ecology and environment to accelerate the modernization of its ecological and environmental governance system and capacity.
The Chinese Government has always highly valued the climate change mitigation. Specifically, at the National Conference on Ecological and Environmental Protection in May, President Xi Jinping explicitly required to implement a proactive national climate change strategy and establish a fair and rational global climate governance system which leads to multiple wins.
Over the past few years, China has made solid progress in perfecting its policy system, evaluating the greenhouse gas emissions, opening carbon emission right trading market, working on a long-term strategy, and piloting and demonstrating low-carbon projects, said Li. At a crucial stage for the negotiations on the implementation rules of the Paris Agreement, China will unswervingly advance the ecological progress, push forward the green and low-carbon development, and strive to honor its commitment to the international community in terms of climate change mitigation. China is ready to work with the international community to enable the comprehensive and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and make greater contributions to the global climate governance process and low-carbon, green development.
China and New Zealand have maintained friendly ties in the area of climate change and signed the arrangements between the two governments on the cooperation in this arena, and the arrangements between the two ministries on the implementation of such cooperation, outlining the framework and specifics for the bilateral cooperation, and making plans and charting the course for strengthening it.
Building on this, the two sides will further deepen bilateral exchanges and cooperation. China stands ready to work with the New Zealand side to further implement the cooperation documents in the area of climate change, raise the importance of climate cooperation in bilateral ties, advance multilateral processes and bilateral cooperation, and make contributions to the global climate governance and bilateral partnership.
Minister Shaw talked about the efforts of New Zealand in zero carbon act, national adaptation plan, emission trading system, and green finance. He hoped that the two sides will enjoy long-lasting and fruitful cooperation in the area of climate change.