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Xi Jinping Sends Letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Taking Effect of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

On November 4, 2016, President Xi Jinping sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, congratulating on taking effect of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Xi Jinping pointed out that with joint efforts of all parties, the Paris Agreement has officially taken effect on November 4, which is one of the fastest international accords to enter into force in history. The Chinese side expresses its heartfelt congratulations in this regard.

Xi Jinping stressed that since the Paris Agreement was reached in December, 2015, the international society has been devoted to pushing it for coming into effect at an early date. China signed the agreement on April 22 this year, the first day it was open to signature, and ratified it on September 3. As the presidency, China has facilitated the G20 to issue its first Presidency Statement on Climate Change, and provided political support for the signing of the agreement.

Xi Jinping emphasized that the Paris Agreement has opened up a new phase of international cooperation on coping with climate changes. Upholding the concept of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, China will vigorously promote green, low-carbon and circular development and take firm actions to tackle climate changes. The Chinese side is full of confidence in the global climate governance in the next stage, and is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with all parties and make contributions to building a global climate governing mechanism featuring win-win cooperation, justice and reason.

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