China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua speaks at the launch event of the Action Plan for Global Youth Development and Global Youth Climate Week held at Tsinghua University via video, Oct. 31, 2022. (Screenshot photo)
(ECNS) -- China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua on Monday encouraged young people to find solutions for global climate governance and make more innovative contributions to carbon neutrality goals in mid-21st century.
Xie made the remarks at the launch of the Action Plan for Global Youth Development and Global Youth Climate Week held at Tsinghua University, which has gathered more than 300 young participants from all over the world online and offline.
According to Xie, to date, over 130 countries have set carbon neutrality or net zero emission targets, covering 88 percent of global carbon emissions, 90 percent of GDP and 85 percent of the population.
“Green and low-carbon development has become a major trend in global development and is unstoppable,” Xie said.
Addressing climate change and achieving the two carbon goals, carbon peaking and neutrality, requires intergenerational transmission, said the Chinese envoy, adding that achieving carbon neutrality in the middle of 21st century depends on the young generation flourishing.
He encourages young people to take on this mission as early as possible.
“With 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 worldwide, we hope that young people will be fully aware of the new global trends, find solutions for global climate governance and better realize themselves in this transformation,” said Xie.
Xie hopes that the Global Youth Climate Week will be sustainable and institutionalized, building momentum for the success of the annual UN Climate Conference and contributing more to carbon neutrality.
Xie also expressed his expectations for the upcoming 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 27), which is scheduled for Nov. 6-18 in Egypt's coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh, saying it is crucial to promote the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.