China and U.S commit to improve climate cooperation at COP 26
China and U.S commit to improve climate cooperation at COP 26

US:  In a joint declaration issued at the United Nations climate negotiations in Glasgow on Wednesday, the world's top two carbon polluters, China and the United States, agreed to deepen their collaboration on climate action.

Xie Zhenhua, China's climate envoy, and John Kerry, his US counterpart, announced in separate press conferences that the two countries will work together to expedite the emission reductions needed to fulfil the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement's temperature goals. "The whole idea of this is that we believe the steps we are doing will allow China and us to be able to expedite our efforts, and that the steps we are taking will answer issues people have about the pace at which China is moving." "Kerry remarked.

In Paris, governments committed to limit emissions sufficiently to keep global warming "far below" 2 degrees Celsius since pre-industrial times., All sides recognise that global efforts to cut emissions fall short of the Paris Agreement's aims. "As a result, we will work together to promote climate action and cooperation in our different national contexts." "Xie said.

The joint declaration was issued as governments from around the world met in Glasgow to discuss how to build on the Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard vulnerable countries from global warming's effects.

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