Asian giants' carbon pledges boost global climate action, says UN climate chief

SINGAPORE – The recent pledges by China, Japan and South Korea to go carbon neutral are a major boost to global action on climate change and could prompt other nations to back more ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions, the United Nations climate chief has said.

“The announcements by these three countries are really very important. And they come at a time when we need to see leadership in our process,” Ms Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, told The Straits Times from Bonn, in Germany.

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