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China stands firm to implement the Kigali Amendment-Official

By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU

China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian has announced during a regular Press Conference on June 22, 2021 that China will continue to earnestly implement the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and advance global climate and environmental governance.

Mr. Zhao was responding to a CCTV journalist who was asking for more information on China’s acceptance of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Mr. Zhao says “The Kigali Amendment was adopted in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, which decides to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, thus opening a new chapter in the history of the coordinated response to ozone layer depletion and climate change.”

He adds that “China has always taken an active and constructive part in the global ozone layer governance and the Montreal Protocol process, and played an important role in the conclusion of the Kigali Amendment.”

He explains that China has taken concrete steps to implement the Montreal Protocol and eliminated over 280,000 tons of ozone-depleting substances, accounting for more than half of the total amount eliminated by developing countries.

“China has also cracked down on illegal production and fulfilled its obligations under the Protocol. China will continue to earnestly implement the Protocol and advance global climate and environmental governance.” Mr. Zhao confirmed this during the Press conference.

In April this year, President Xi Jinping made the solemn pledge that China decided to accept the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

On 17 June 2021, the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations the instrument of acceptance of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

In accordance with relevant provisions, the amendment will come into force for China on September 15, 2021.

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