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A 'United' effort puts climate at forefront

THE Chinese government supported the United Nations' leading role in promoting international cooperation to curb climate change, Premier Wen Jiabao said in Beijing yesterday.

Wen made the remarks while meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who arrived in the Chinese capital on Thursday night for a four-day visit.

Wen said the UN had played an important role in settling major international and regional issues as well as global challenges.

He assured Ban of continued support for the UN's work and the country's contribution to world peace and development.

The premier urged the international community to pay close attention to the impact of global financial crisis on developing countries and attach great importance to their concerns.

"The climate-change issue is both an environmental and development problem," Wen said, noting developed countries should offer more help to developing nations in areas including funds and technology.

China should strive to become a global leader in combatting climate change with green development and clean energy, Ban said yesterday.

Ban said the Chinese government must make it a priority to foster sustainable, low-emission development in order to battle climate change and to set an example for developing countries and the rest of the world.

He was speaking at the launch of an initiative called The Green Lights Project to promote the use of energy-saving lamps across China.

"Without China, there can be no success this year on a new global climate framework," said Ban, referring to the UN climate summit to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December.

Ban expressed hope for a fruitful Copenhagen summit.

He thanked China for its long-term efforts in promoting world peace and common development.

The UN hoped to strengthen ties with China to tackle global challenges, including the economic downturn, regional conflicts, climate change and food security.

Ban also praised China's efforts in energy conservation and emission reduction.

He stressed it was of key importance to stick to the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" when responding to climate change, and to help developing countries.

Ban also met President Hu Jintao, who said the role of the UN in handling the global economic downturn, achieving sustainable development and safeguarding world security should be bolstered.


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