Xie Zhenhua, China's special representative on climate change affairs, addresses the opening ceremony of high-level forum on "South-South Cooperation on Climate Change" during COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo: Xinhua/Meng Tao)
China stands ready to continue contributing to global efforts in addressing climate change through South-South cooperation, Xie Zhenhua, China's special representative on climate change affairs, said here Monday.
"Both South-North cooperation and the South-South cooperation among developing countries are essential for international cooperation in countering climate change," said Xie at a high-level event on the sidelines of a United Nations climate conference.
China is coping with climate change with a highly responsible attitude and is willing to share its best practices in this regard, including capacity-building, with other developing countries, Xie told the opening session of the forum on South-South cooperation.
Xie, who arrived in the southern Moroccan city Sunday, pointed out that China has actively pushed forward South-South cooperation through various mechanisms.
He underscored that China has donated a considerable amount of materials to developing countries to help them address climate change issues according to their own requirements, such as energy-saving lamps and clean cook stoves.
He noted that China has signed some 27 Memorandums of Understandings on donating materials to developing countries to help them address climate change and has carried out numerous regional dialogues and exchanges with Southern countries.
Xie reaffirmed China's plan to set up a 20 billion yuan (2.93 billion U.S. dollars) fund for South-South cooperation, saying that China will use the fund to establish low-carbon model parks, implement mitigation and adaption projects and train personnel in developing countries.
China has since 2011 earmarked a total of around 85 million dollars for low-carbon, energy-saving, capacity-building and other projects in developing countries, he said.
The forum, co-organized by China, Morocco, and the United Nations, brought together senior UN officials and ministers from more than a dozen countries. The participants will discuss the role of South-South cooperation in addressing climate change and building the capacity of developing countries and explore ways of financing for climate efforts and sustainable development.