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China's First Nationally Determined Contribution NDC 2021 - Updated Submission to the United Nations, English Translation


Climate change is a grim challenge facing all mankind. Human activities since the industrial revolution, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from large-scale fossil fuel consumption of developed countries, have led to a drastic increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. As a result, global climate change has been aggravated, posing a huge threat to global ecosystem security and socio-economic development of developing countries. Man and nature form a community of life. Addressing climate change is a common cause of the human race. It requires the international community to uphold multilateralism, pursue green and low-carbon development, and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind.

China is a developing country with a population up to 1.4 billion. It is facing multiple challenges including economic development, people’s livelihood improvement, and environmental protection, coupled with the prominent contradiction of unbalanced and inadequate development. China is also among countries most severely affected by climate change. Climate change has exerted persistent impacts on China’s ecological environment and socio-economic development, and already brought serious threats to its food, water, ecology, energy, and urban operation security, as well as people’s safety and property.

China attaches high importance to addressing climate change. As President Xi Jinping reiterated, to address climate change is not at others’ request but on China’s own initiative. It is what China needs to do to achieve sustainable development at home, as well as to fulfill its due obligation to build a community with a shared future for mankind.


Decades of Progress, a New Middle-Class, New Profound Challenges

As China's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has skyrocketed over 40 Years, the Numbers begin to tell the magnitude of change

Inside China

Manufacturing for the World

Watch the Shenzhen story

With rapid growth and industrialization, come environmental challenges. China now tops world for air pollution and carbon emissions, officials report...

Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei one of planet’s most polluted regions, but as of 2017 reports ‘lack of funding hampers progress on clean-up targets’

China's air pollution crisis... in almost all types of air pollution, including sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, as well as carbon emissions, China has serious tasks to clean-up the air and water as one of most polluted areas in the world.

China and India with rapidly increasing populations both confront severe air pollution challenges. China and India are ranked as most polluted among world nations.


Environmental Protection is a Top Priority to the People of China


Over 90 per cent of people in China are concerned about environmental pollution and more than 96 per cent believe 'green power' could help to tackle the air pollution that is afflicting many of the country's cities.

Those are the headline findings from a major new survey of 3,000 residents of Chinese cities carried out by IPSOS and commissioned by the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association.


Ecological Civilization: China (2015)

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Meltdown: China's Environment (2013)

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting


Strategic security issues and historic agreement between China and US to limit fossil fuel emissions

China is the most important emerging global power, a major operator in natural resource extraction around the world and a large country with major land and forest assets...

To quantify China's loss of biodiversity, researchers analyzed data from 1,385 representative populations of 405 terrestrial vertebrate species: 161 mammals, 184 birds, and 60 amphibians and reptiles.

China’s biodiversity declines as human demands grow

Beijing, China – Since 1970, China’s terrestrial vertebrates have declined by half, while the nation’s Ecological Footprint has more than doubled, reveals WWF’s Living Planet Report China, 2015, a flagship research report on the country’s demand on nature.

Chinese reptile and amphibian populations fared the worst, declining by 97 percent. Primates declined by 84 percent.

Zhangjiajie National Park, China

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