December 18th, 2007 | Xinhua China welcomes Bali roadmap on climate change
China on Tuesday welcomed the roadmap adopted at the U.N. climate change conference in Indonesia's Bali, calling on joint efforts from the international community to reach a global climate agreement by the end of 2009. "The roadmap has shown the way and set a timetable for future negotiations on global climate change," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular press conference. China will continue to participate actively in relevant negotiations, he said, urging developed countries to continue to reduce emissions after 2012 according to the roadmap, and to leverage new funding and support for technology transfer, finance and adaptation for the developing world. The 12-day UN climate change conference ended last Saturday with the adoption of the Bali roadmap, which is expected to launch negotiations on a crucial international climate change regime up to 2009. The roadmap includes a clear agenda for the key issues to be negotiated up to 2009, including actions for adapting to the negative consequences of climate change, ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ways to deploy climate-friendly technologies and financing both adaptation and mitigation measures. The conference was attended by more than 11,000 people, making it the largest UN climate change gathering ever held. Next year's UN climate change conference will be held in Poznan, Poland.