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Climate change a tale of two issues

CLIMATE change is both an environmental issue and a development issue, lawmakers and experts from eight Asia-Pacific and European countries stressed at a forum in Beijing.

The view was contained in a statement entitled the Consensus on Legislative Actions to Promote New, Renewable Energy Development issued at the two-day forum which ended yesterday.

Lawmakers from China, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Britain, Japan and South Korea, and experts from international organizations, agreed that the need of developing countries to grow their economy and eradicate poverty must be ensured while addressing climate change, according to the statement.

They also agreed that the lawmakers should work to ensure their governments keep to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol and adhere to the mandate of the Bali Roadmap, the statement said.

Governments should also stick to "the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities," it said, and they should work for a positive outcome in the upcoming Copenhagen Conference.

Foreign delegates praised the efforts China's legislators had made in recent years.

Australia's Mike Symon said: "Some of the policies that China adopted even go ahead of my country."

Italy's Antonio D'Ali said: "Through the implementation of the 'Grain for Green policy,' China enables the national forest cover to grow. It sets a very good example for the rest of the world."


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