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China Climate Change Conference Announced: Country 'Determined To Develop A Low Carbon Economy'

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CHINA CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE 2011
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BEIJING -- Chinese officials announced Wednesday a three-day international conference to discuss how to address climate change, while conveying to the world that China is determined to develop a low-carbon economy.

Representatives from 30 international organizations and 10 areas and countries will attend the conference in Beijing starting Wednesday, said Huang Wenhang of the National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic planning body.

She told a news conference that delegates would focus on policy measures for green carbon development, adapting to climate change and capacity building, including how to widen fundraising channels.

Representatives from the United States, European Union, Britain, Canada, Italy and Sweden are scheduled to attend, while Huang said United Nations development and environment teams, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change would also at part.

Other delegates include representatives from multinationals and Chinese companies, including BP and Chinese oil firms Sinopec and PetroChina, she said.

Su Wei, director general of the commission's climate change department, said they were not intending to deliver signals for the next major U.N. climate conference in Durban. "But what we would like to say and to convey the message is that China is paying a lot of attention and China is determined to develop a low carbon economy," he said.

Su, who was China's chief negotiator at last year's U.N. climate conference in Cancun, said delegates would discuss how to reduce emissions while continuing to develop an economy and how to encourage the development of the renewable energy industry.

He said they could also share thoughts on an early-warning system to predict climate change and extreme weather events.

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