China, US pledge $3 billion each to fight climate change

China and the US have pledged $3 billion to help other developing countries combat climate change.

hidden September 26, 2015 16:03:29 IST
China, US pledge $3 billion each to fight climate change

Washington: China has pledged $3 billion to help other developing countries combat climate change.

China US pledge 3 billion each to fight climate change

Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama at the state dinner in Washington. Reuters

The China South-South Climate Cooperation Fund will also enhance their capacity to access the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Xinhua news agency cited a China-US joint presidential statement on climate change signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the US.

China and US recognised the importance of mobilising climate finance to support low-carbon, climate-resilient development in developing countries, according to the statement.

In this connection, the US also reaffirmed its $3 billion pledge to the GCF.

In the statement, the Chinese and US presidents reaffirmed determination to implement domestic climate policies, strengthen bilateral coordination and cooperation, and to promote sustainable development and the transition to green, low-carbon as well as climate resilient economies.

The document stated: "(The) United States reaffirms its $3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and China announces that it will make available RMB 20 billion (roughly $3.1 billion) for setting up the China South-South Climate Cooperation Fund to support other developing countries to combat climate change, including to enhance their capacity to access GCF funds.

You can read the full text of the joint statement here.

IANS

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