China to further expand cooperation with Pacific island countries in combating climate change

Solomon Islands Landscape Photo: IC

China will further strengthen its cooperation with Pacific island countries (PICs) in combating climate change, as China regards PICs as one of the top priorities in cooperation on climate issues, the authority noted Thursday. environmental protection of the country.

“China has a long history of South-South cooperation on climate change and has done its best to help other developing countries improve their ability to deal with climate change,” said Li Gao, director general of the Department. of China’s climate change. China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the Global Times said at Thursday’s MEE press conference.

“Pacific island countries are one of the priorities for China’s cooperation in combating climate change,” he said.

At present, China has signed five project documents on material assistance for South-South cooperation on climate change with four Pacific island countries, including Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Kiribati, according to Mr. Li.

China has also held four rounds of training to help build capacity to respond to climate change as part of its cooperation with Pacific island countries. So far, nearly 100 IPC professionals have been trained to deal with climate change.

Li revealed that the next fifth round of training will take place in December. At the same time, China will further strengthen and expand its cooperation with Pacific island countries to help island countries build their capacity to deal with climate change.

“At the same time, in the multilateral field, China is also strengthening communication and coordination with Pacific island countries to jointly safeguard the common interests of developing countries,” Li said.

In April, the China-Pacific Island Countries Cooperation Center for Climate Action was launched, which is expected to enhance close exchanges and practical cooperation between relevant countries.

In September, the China-Pacific Island Countries Meeting on Combating Climate Change was held in Beijing. China’s special envoy for climate change, Xie Zhenhua, exchanged views with diplomatic envoys from Pacific island countries, including Tonga, Fiji, Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa and Vanuatu.

The envoys discussed topics including political action and the expected outcome of the 27th session of the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP27), as well as South-South cooperation on climate change, Li said.

Teresa H. Sadler