Official speaks at G20 environment and climate ministerial meeting

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On July 28, G20 environment and climate ministerial meeting was held in Chennai, India. The conference delved into global environmental issues such as climate change, blue economy, resource efficiency and circular economy, land and biodiversity, and water resources management. Vice Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) Zhao Yingmin led a Chinese delegation composed of officials from MEE and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attend the meeting and delivered a speech.

The Chinese delegation pointed out that China is actively yet prudently advancing “dual carbon” goal, and China will continue to play a leading role as chair of the 2022 United Nations Biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to promote the global biodiversity conservation process, strengthen international cooperation in climate change and pollution control, and contribute “Chinese wisdom and strength” to global environmental and climate governance.

The Chinese delegation emphasized that G20, as the main forum for international economic cooperation, bears important responsibilities in promoting global sustainable development, coordinating economic development and environmental protection, and addressing climate change. The G20 should strive to build political consensus among all countries, fully respect their different stages of development and national conditions, exchange and share best practices, experience and lessons, encourage countries to strengthen practical actions, promote international solidarity and cooperation to actively address climate change, and jointly increase global confidence and ability to achieve green, low-carbon and sustainable development.

There is huge potential for environmental cooperation among G20 countries, according to the Chinese delegation. China calls on all G20 countries to work together in solidarity and perseverance to tackle global challenges such as climate change, environmental pollution, desertification, food security and ecological security.

During the meeting, China held bilateral talks with ministers from India, France, Denmark, Canada, South Africa, Singapore and other countries, as well as the executive director of the UN Environment Programme and representatives of the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.