COP26: African Negotiators expressed doubts over US and China agreement, seek action.

U.S. President Biden and Chinese President, Xi Jinping. Photo Credit: Peoples Gazette

COP26: African Negotiators expressed doubts over US and China agreement, seek action.

China and the United States on November 10,  agreed to join the long-term fight in controlling and reducing climate pollution, reducing deforestation, and advancing clean energy to address the climate crisis.


The decision of both countries took a lot of people by surprise with analysts saying the news is China's biggest news so far since the beginning of the COP26, considering the absence of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping.


China being one of the top carbon emitters across the globe did not join world leaders on the first day of COP26 to discuss and agree on mitigations plans on climate crises. President  Jinping absent at the just concluded UN summit was pecked on the COVID-19 pandemic.


The US and the Chinese governments had always disagreed over global issues, and US President Joe Biden criticised Mr Jinping for his absence at the U.N. Climate Conference.

 In a statement, both countries in a separate news conference pledged to work independently and jointly with other countries to this long-term goal "in accordance with different national circumstances, to strengthen and accelerate climate action and cooperation.


John Kerry,  U.S. climate envoy, in a tweet said the declaration between both countries is a step in the right direction.

"A mark of progress, and a solid foundation for continued cooperation on climate between our two countries. 

"The world can only achieve its climate goals if our countries are pulling in the same direction, Kerrry added.

Antwi Boasiako Amoah, Ghanaian COP26 lead negotiator expressed doubts about the United States and China joint agreement to tackle climate change.


Mr Amoah told Peoples Gazette that the biggest economic countries have not kept to their promises.

Amoah recalls that the $100 billion yearly fund announced in 2009 by developed countries to donate to low income countries to help mitigate the impact of climate crises were not fulfilled.

He said he would not doubt the integrity of both countries but with his years of experience in joining developed countries to fight against climate change,  'it is better to take action than talks.

In an adage he said, "Tomorrow can be judge by your  tomorrow and yesterday,"  and " I don't doubt the integrity of this country but when it comes to trust in terms of mobilising climate finance with the UNFCCC system, I have my doubt," he added.

Joseph Longunza Malassi, climate change adviser to the Congo Prime Minister, said the fight between both china and US are affecting underdeveloped countries, urging the countries to take action rather than much talks. He advised the both countries to shed their sword.

Mr Malassi had earlier before the signing of the final draft of glasgow pact, expressed worries over the pattern of negotiations, saying there are much talks than action.

"We are not happy the way negotiations are going. we are not happy, despite the negotiations, there are more discussion than action.

"We wanted some steps like emission reduction, climate finance among others." "In that sense, we are not happy but it other hand we are happy because we are siting together to discussion," he earlier told The Gazette before the final draft of agreement was made publicly.


Manish Bapna, President and CEO Natural Resources Defense Council, in a statement sent to The Gazette applauded the decision of the US and China governments to strengthen operation on clean energy.


Mr Bapna said, "It's good news that the U.S. and China agreed to accelerate climate action and ambition in this decisive decade. 


"The pledge to strengthen cooperation on clean energy, methane, and deforestation from the two largest economies and greenhouse gas emitters is a welcome step forward. 


"But if we are to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we urgently need to see commitments to cooperate translate into bolder climate targets and credible delivery," he added.


This story was first published by Peoples Gazette on November 17 as part of the 2021 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organised by Internew’s EarthJournalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security



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