A joint Presidential communique on climate change, between the Chinese and the French Presidents has called for a long-term goal in the international Agreement expected out of Paris by the end of this year.
The statement, published on the 2nd of November 2015, states that:
“3. China and France emphasize that the Paris agreement must send out a clear signal for the world to transition to green and low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable development.
4. With this in mind, they stress the importance of shifting the global economy onto a low carbon path in the course of this century, at a rhythm consistent with strong economic growth and equitable social development, and the below 2°C global temperature goal. They also recognize the importance of progressively transitioning towards clean energy systems, taking into account different natural resources endowments and social preferences. They also underscore the importance of formulating 2050 national low-carbon development strategies.
14. … Both sides also intend to make available their respective 2050 national low-carbon development strategies as early as possible in the next 5 years.
16. France and China underscore the critical role of cities, regions, provinces and businesses in addressing climate change and encourage actions by non-state actors in promoting the long-term transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient and sustainable society.”
Find out about which countries and their leaders have expressed support for an international long-term goal at the UN Climate Negotiations here