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President Xi to Challenge World Leaders to do More to Fight Climate Change at Paris Convention

Chinese President Xi Jinping To Challenge World Leaders To Do More In Fighting Climate Change In Paris Convention

(Photo : Reuters) Chinese President is set to rally world leaders to do more to battle climate change at the Paris convention

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to challenge rich countries to transfer technology and capital to developing countries if world leaders are truly 'serious' about managing carbon emissions after 2020.

President Xi is expected on Monday to rally for global action to reach a historic, balanced, and fair agreement on ways to battle climate change.

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The Chinese leader will address world leaders at the long-awaited United Nations Conference on climate change in Paris.

Xi, together with his wife, Peng Liyuan and other high-ranking Chinese officials, arrived in the French capital on Sunday as guests of French President Francois Hollande and Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister and chair of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Reports indicate that President Xi's speech will center on the role of rich countries in battling climate change and one of these is to help out smaller nations by transferring capital and technology.

Monday's conference in Paris will be the first time China's top leader will deliver an address on climate change.

Around 147 global leaders will be attending the Paris conference. It comes two weeks after the terrorist attacks that killed 130 civilians and injured scores of others.

Participating nations have entrusted their negotiating teams to strike an ambitious landmark climate change deal after the United Nations concluded the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and the Copenhagen Accord in 2009.

Observers said President Xi will instruct his negotiating team to galvanize global efforts to limit temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius until the end of this century.

This scenario will only happen if more rich countries commit to battle climate change on the negotiating table. China has already made an ambitious plan to boost its use of green energy and make carbon emissions peak by 2030.

Observers are closely watching the actions of Xi and US President Barack Obama as the two leaders have made statements vowing to fight climate change in 2014 and this year.

Environmental experts have reported that China has taken a 'proactive stance' to this end by establishing low carbon economy and implementing a 'Green Revolution' program.

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