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China and France agree on regular climate change checks

China and France have agreed that any deal reached at next month's climate change conference in Paris must include checks on whether signatories are meeting their commitments.06 Nov 2015

It is hoped that an agreement aimed to curbing global rises in temperature will be signed bydelegates from approximately  200 countries at the COP21 Climate Change Conference. The countries will be asked to commit to preventing global temperatures rising more than 2°C.

In a joint statement,  China and France said progress on the pact should be reviewed every five years to "reinforce mutual confidence and promote efficient implementation".

"The Paris agreement must send out a clear signal for the world to transition to green and low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable development," the statement said. The deal must be both "ambitious and legally binding", it said.

French president François Hollande was in China this week for a meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

In June, G7 leaders agreed to adopt national low-carbon strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C until at least 2100. US president Barak Obama, UK prime minister David Cameron, German chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of France, Japan, Canada and Italy called for the 'decarbonisation' of the world economy by 2050.

However, the group did not commit to any immediate targets for reduced emissions, with specific targets to be set at the Paris conference. 

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