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Apr 8, 2016 11:15 PM

UN praises China's leadership in climate change deal

The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) The United Nations has commended China's "continued strong leadership" for backing a landmark international agreement to curb climate change.

Led this year by China, the Group of 20 rich and developing nations issued a statement earlier this week following a meeting in Guangzhou to back the Paris climate accord and pledge domestic measures to bring it to force as soon as possible.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was "encouraged by the strong political momentum" behind the Paris Agreement, which will be signed at a ceremony at U.N. headquarters on April 22.

Full cooperation from the G20 members, in particular the United States and China the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter are viewed as crucial for the agreement to be effective.

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