The Kunming Declaration is adopted at the High-Level Segment of the first part of 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan province, Oct 13, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
>Kunming Declaration adopted at COP15
The Kunming Declaration was adopted Wednesday at the ongoing 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan province.
The Kunming Declaration is a political declaration and the main achievement of this conference. "
The declaration commits to ensuring the development, adoption and implementation of an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework to reverse the current loss of biodiversity and ensure that it is put on a path to recovery by 2030 at the latest, toward the full realization of the 2050 Vision of "Living in Harmony with Nature."
Hao Bao and Hao Ni are seen in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on Oct 9, 2021. [Photo by Zheng Erqi/chinadaily.com.cn]
>China's foreign trade maintains robust growth
China's foreign trade maintained robust growth with strong resilience and improved quality in the first three quarters of the year, backed by the country's steady economic development.
China's total imports and exports expanded 22.7% year-on-year to 28.33 trillion yuan in the first three quarters of 2021, official data showed Wednesday. The figure marked an increase of 23.4% from the pre-epidemic level in 2019, according to the General Administration of Customs (GAC).
Both exports and imports continued double-digit growth in the first nine months of the year, surging 22.7% and 22.6% from a year earlier, respectively.
Power workers climb up to 40 meters high on the 110 kV Luo He power supply line to conduct construction operations in Mingguang city, East China's Anhui province, on Sept 15, 2021. [Photo/IC]
>Coal, power supplies 'will be sufficient'
China is confident that it can ensure safe and stable coal and electricity supplies and sufficient residential heating for this winter and next spring, said Zhao Chenxin, secretary-general of the National Development and Reform Commission, at a news conference on Wednesday.
With economic activity resuming globally, energy products in international markets have surged since the start of the year, and domestic supplies of coal and electricity in China have been tight, he said.
In response to the situation, coal mines with the potential to increase output will be urged to tap into their production capacity as soon as possible. Approved and basically completed open-pit coal mines will be encouraged to begin operations, he added.
Local governments will be asked to fulfill their responsibilities in ensuring coal and electricity supplies for residents and businesses, he said, while financing and fiscal policies to support coal mines to tide them over through tough times are already in the pipeline.
Ill-considered development of projects with high energy consumption and heavy carbon emissions will be resolutely curbed, Zhao said.
A US five dollar note is seen in this illustration photo June 1, 2017. [Photo/Agencies]
>US House approves short-term debt limit increase
The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill to increase the nation's borrowing limit in the short term to avert a looming debt default, sending it to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature.
The House voted 219-206 along party lines to adopt a procedural rule, which automatically deemed as passed the short-term debt limit extension that the Senate approved last week.
The temporary measure would raise the federal government's debt limit by $480 billion, which would allow the US Treasury Department to meet obligations through Dec 3.
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