Chancellor Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday with the three leaders agreeing to work more closely on climate change.
Xi stressed that he always advocates building a community with a shared future for humanity and stands ready to strengthen cooperation with France and Germany on climate change. China has not announced whether Xi will participate.
German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Merkel and Macron welcomed Xi's reaffirmation of China's goal of becoming carbon-neutral before 2060.
The spokesperson added China "is not yet on a path that will allow the world to meet the Paris Agreement's goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius".
China had trumpeted the need for Western powers to forge cooperation with Beijing on climate change - despite tensions over a wide array of issues and a recent tit-for-tat sanctions scuffle set off by accusations of China's human rights violations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will join a virtual climate summit with France and Germany, Beijing announced Thursday, as United States envoy John Kerry visited Shanghai to drum up support from the world's biggest polluter for America's drive to address environmental challenges.
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The province says those vaccines have been "weighted to support vaccination of high-risk communities to ensure reliable delivery". Horwath acknowledged that some type of third wave was inevitable for Ontario but said the extent of it was "very much avoidable".
With U.S. climate envoy John Kerry in Shanghai, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told the Associated Press that the U.S. approach was "too negative" and lacked "a forward-looking spirit".
Each year, the world's two biggest economies spew out more than half of the greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
New Zealand has become the first country in the world to introduce a law that requires the financial sector to disclose the impacts of climate change on their business and explain how they will manage climate-related risks and opportunities. "I am afraid this is not very realistic". He said China would ratify the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a mini treaty aimed at phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - refrigerant gases with a potent greenhouse effect.
USA industry has championed the Kigali deal, so announcing China's entrance while Kerry was in the country was a gift to the former US secretary of state.
Le didn't say whether Xi would join the summit, but said "the Chinese side is actively studying the matter".
Being built as a key milestone on the road to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow, the Leaders' Summit on Climate will underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action.