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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

New York, 30 June 2015 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the formal submission of intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea


The Secretary-General welcomes today's formal submission of their post-2020 climate change targets or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) by the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea. Both submissions represent an important contribution to building momentum and strengthening prospects for reaching a new and meaningful climate change agreement at COP-21 in Paris at the end of the year.

With these two submissions, we now have post-2020 climate change targets from over 40 countries that together represent over 60% of global emissions.
The INDCs submitted today and since March offer a floor, and not a ceiling for ambition, and are critical for building momentum and trust on the road to COP-21 in Paris.

The Secretary-General thanks the President of the Republic of China, H.E. President Xi Jinping, and the President of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Park Geun-hye, for their leadership and strong commitment in addressing climate change.

He encourages other countries to accelerate the preparation and submission of their INDCS. A key step to reaching a universal and meaningful climate agreement in Paris is the timely submission of INDCs by all countries well in advance of Paris.


Statements on 30 June 2015