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Speaking at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, leaders from France and China today presented their countries plans to confront climate change. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters
2. Wide shot, conference
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Emmanuel Macron, President, France:
“At least at the European level, because that is the level I can think of, we need a trade agenda that is carbon neutral and zero imported deforestation. This is essential. It is a profound change and a real revolution. It doesn’t mean that we do not import certain things, but that any imports should have a negative consequence. If there is a negative consequence in terms of deforestation for example, that has to be compensated. If not, we will continue to have fine words, but a trade agenda that runs counter to those words. This is essential work that we have to do.”
4.Wide shot, audience
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Emmanuel Macron, President, France:
“We cannot say that we advocate for the fight against climate change, for biodiversity, and yet continue to finance infrastructure in other countries that is polluting, that increases CO2 emissions, and runs counter to our commitments.”
6. Wide shot, Wang walking to the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Wang Yi, State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China:
“China will faithfully fulfill our obligations under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, and realize our scheduled its nationally determined contribution targets submitted to the UNFCCC secretariat. We will continue to jointly build a green belt and road through the green development coalition under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). We are mobilizing stronger support for international cooperation against climate change.”
8. Wide shot, audience
9. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Wang Yi, State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China:
“We have proposed over 150 initiatives and set up a group of friends for the nature-based solutions (NBS) mechanism to tab the mitigation potential of nature in order to cut CO2 emission by 10 to 12 billion tons.”
10. Various shots, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

Speaking at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, leaders from France and China today presented their countries plans to confront climate change.

French President Emmanuel Macron said young people around the world have identified an absolute urgency through their activism adding that world leaders must respond. He said the world needs to move to carbon neutrality by 2050 and must keep to the Paris agreement and be consistent with its objectives.

Macron said the world also needed a trade agenda that that serves the climate agenda. He called for a European trade agenda that is “carbon neutral and zero imported deforestation.” He said this does not mean that Europe would not import certain things, “but that any imports should have a negative consequence. If there is a negative consequence in terms of deforestation for example, that has to be compensated.” The French President said if this was not implemented “we will continue to have fine words, but a trade agenda that runs counter to those words. This is essential work that we have to do.”

Macron underscored that countries could not advocate for the fight against climate change and for biodiversity, “yet continue to finance infrastructure in other countries that is polluting, that increases CO2 emissions, and runs counter” to their commitments.

Also speaking at the Summit, State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi reaffirmed that China will “faithfully fulfill our obligations under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, and meet its nationally determined contribution targets submitted to the UNFCCC secretariat.”

The State Councilor added, “we will continue to jointly build a green belt and road through the green development coalition under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). We are mobilizing stronger support for international cooperation against climate change.”

Wang also said that his country “proposed over 150 initiatives and set up a group of friends for the nature-based solutions (NBS) mechanism to tab the mitigation potential of nature in order to cut CO2 emission by 10 to 12 billion tons.”

Leaders from government, business, and civil society today are to announce potentially far-reaching steps to confront climate change at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York.

As carbon pollution, temperatures, and climate destruction continue to rise, and public backlash mounts, the Summit is expected to offer a turning point from inertia into momentum, action, and global impact – if everyone gets on board.
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