EU, China Discuss Climate Change, Post-2015 Development Agenda

eu-china31 March 2014: The EU and China recognized the need to strengthen climate change cooperation in preparing “a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force” under the UNFCCC to be adopted in 2015 in Paris. They also addressed efforts to promote sustainable development and formulate the post-2015 development agenda.

Xi Jinping, President of China, Herman Van Rompuy, European Council President, and José Manuel Barroso, European Commission President, met in Brussels, Belgium on 31 March-1 April 2014.

Further on climate change, the EU and China both reiterated their commitment to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) through verifiable domestic action, and to present their contributions well in advance of the Paris meeting. Finally, they expressed their intention to cooperate on: taking domestic action to avoid or reduce HFC consumption; and promoting a global phase-down of these substances.

Both the EU and China also underscored: the importance of multilateralism and the central role of the UN in international affairs; their commitment to enhanced cooperation on the environment, regional development, urban-rural integration and governance systems; the importance of the EU-China urbanization partnership as a key instrument to promote sustainable development; and their respective development policies, including efforts to formulate and implement the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The EU and China also reaffirmed their commitment to their partnership through implementation of the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, and agreed to review its implementation at the next annual EU-China Summit. [EU-China Joint Press Release] [EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation]