China, Africa partner on tackling climate change
By Bisola Adeyemo
China and Africa has issued a declaration on climate change cooperation, recognizing that climate change has become a major challenge to the natural ecological environment and social and economic development in both regions.
Both sides unanimously recognize the initiatives and great contributions made by China, the largest developing country, and Africa, the continent with the largest concentration of developing countries, in cooperation on adapting to and mitigating climate change, the declaration stated.
Noting that addressing climate change and the resulting migration activities is a challenge facing all mankind, both China and Africa urge the world to work together under the multilateral framework.
Developed countries should earnestly fulfill their funding obligations to help developing countries, especially African countries, to cope with climate change, and strive to fill the gap with pledged 100 billion U.S. dollars per year by 2030 as soon as possible, the declaration said.
China and Africa pledge to jointly safeguard the reasonable rights and interests of both parties as well as other developing countries, and will hold a high-level forum on China-Africa climate change cooperation under the framework of South-South cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative, the declaration said.
The two sides agreed to advocate innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared sustainable development, and will work for the “green recovery” of the post-epidemic world economy, it added.