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Statement by Mr. Liu Yanming of the Chinese Delegation at the Joint Meeting of the Second Committee of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council

2019-10-15 21:57

Madam Chair,

Nature based solutions (NBS) is an essential part of the global solution to climate change, nearly 40% of the climate change initiatives are NBS related. The UN Climate Action Summit this year turned nature based solutions to be one of the nine tracks of Summit co-led by China and New Zealand. Working with New Zealand and other members of the alliance, China has helped achieve fruitful results in this field.

First, nature based solutions brings a new perspective for an in-depth understanding of the relationship between man and nature. As man and nature are inter-dependent, we need to respect and protect nature, and conform to the rules of nature. NBS advocates the harmonious coexistence between man and nature, attaches importance to ecological conservation, integrates the sustainable use of natural resources into the policy and action framework to tackle climate change, maximizes the catalytic role of nature in tackling climate change, and improves the effectiveness of combating climate change.

Second, nature based solutions will inspire new measures for the global response to climate change. We have proposed more than 150 initiatives, covering forestry, agriculture, oceans, water resources and ecosystem and established NBS Group of Friends as a mechanism to promote follow-up and implementation and consolidate the momentum of international cooperation in this regard, with a view to tapping into nature’s mitigation potential of 10-12 gigatons of CO2 per year.

Third, NBS will render new support for the realization of SDGs. lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. Improving the ecological environment will help boost productivity. We have compiled more than 30 cases of best practice in areas such as forest carbon sink, biodiversity conservation, prevention and control of desertification, demonstrating the huge benefits of NBS for the coordinated development of the economy, society and environment. These cases of best practice will serve as useful reference for countries to better implement the 2030 agenda.

Moving forward, China will continue to take vigorous climate actions, deepen its cooperation with other countries, advance the multilateral process on climate, and strive to build a clean and beautiful world with common prosperity and a bright future.

Thank you, Madam Chair.

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