China and the United Nations signed a new agreement that will promote efforts that will help developing countries share technologies, know-how and experience in addressing climate change.
The new agreement follows the announcement by China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Goali at the 2014 Climate Summit to provide $6 million to support the Secretary-General in advancing South-South Cooperation on climate change.
At the signing of the memorandum of understanding, Zhang Yong, Vice Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) discussed China’s work on climate and south-south cooperation. He thanked the UN Development Programme and reiterated China’s intention to strengthen its cooperation on climate with SG and the UN System going forward.
UN Deputy Secretary Jan Eliasson said he was confident the agreement will strengthen the important and fruitful partnership between China and the United Nations.
“This is a potentially transformative point in human history. In 2015, we aim to take action on climate change and sustainable development to build a safer, healthier and more equitable world for present and future generations. The global momentum on climate change is building – with China as a driving force.
Eliasson noted that China launched the South-South Cooperation Fund on Climate Change during the Conference of the Parties in Lima and pledged US$20 million.
He said, “The United Nations strongly commends this demonstration of leadership.” He added, “On behalf of the Secretary-General, I express my deepest appreciation to China for its outstanding contribution and commitment. This MOU builds on the UN’s strong collaboration with China to further South-South cooperation across a wide range of development challenges. We hope to showcase concrete results at the upcoming Climate Conference in Paris in December.”