U.N. Climate Change Official: Global Warming a ‘Bridge’ That’s Bringing the World Together

‘But on climate change, we have seen over the past few years how these two large economies are coming together to understand that they have a shared responsibility’

BLITZER: “There will be remarks by the president of the United States, the China president Xi. It’s going to be an important issue, there are a lot of issues on the agenda, Christiana. But climate change is certainly one of them. I hear you are saying you are upbeat that the U.S. and China are now going to announce a major step forward in dealing with this problem, is that right?” 
FIGUERES: “Yes, yes. That is what we understand and, you know, it is very interesting how climate change has actually acted as a bridge between the United States and China. They have many difficulties. They have different positions, different views on so many issues. But on climate change, we have seen over the past few years how these two large economies are coming together to understand that they have a shared responsibility here. And that they have a shared interest. And that they can act individually within their own boundaries, but that actually by acting together and bilaterally and bringing the rest of the countries with them, they can even go beyond what they can do within their own boundaries. So it is a very, very interesting bridge where they truly are showing that this is not a partisan issue, this is not a national issue, this truly is the global interest.”

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