The United Nations climate change conference has come to China for the first time. The 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group and the 12th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action climate change "Kyoto Protocol" conference will be held in Tianjin, China from October 4 to 9,2010.
On September 27, with the support of GCCA (Global Campaign for Climate Action) and Greenpeace, chinadialogue organised a media workshop in Beijing in preparation for the Tianjin climate talks. Deputy editor of chinadialogue, Liu Jianqiang, who was in charge of the training said: "One of chinadialogue's missions is to help Chinese journalists report on climate change and environmental issues better."
The workshop was geared towards journalists planning to report on the Tianjin climate conference or the COP16 summit in Mexico at the end of the year. "This workshop comes at a very good time as we are reporting on the climate change Conference in Tianjin," said China Times reporter Zhang Yan.
Ang Li, China coordinator of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Global Climate Initiative, Li Yan, Greenpeace Climate Change and Energy campaign director, and Jiang Kejun, director of the Energy Research Institute, reviewed the progress of climate-change negotiations after the Copenhagen summit for thejournalists, as well as providing practical tips and predictions on the Tianjin and Cancun conferences. Jiang Kejun said he hoped Chinese media would calmly analyse and reveal the truth of China's energy saving and emission cutting actions. He mentioned the planned low-carbon city of Langfang, where thenumber of vehicles per capita is greater than Beijing and said reporters had failed to notice that many small and medium cities are following the past examples of big cities and repeating the high-carbon style of development.
Li Hujun and Cao Haili, senior reporters at New Century magazine who have reported on the United Nations climate change conferences many times and Zhong Hua, environmental journalist in Asia for the United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper shared their reporting experiences. Nanfang Weekend reporter Feng Jie and 21st Century Business Herald reporter Lu Zhenhua also shared their thoughts.
More than 40 journalists attended the workshop, most of whom are already in Tianjin, ready to begin reporting on the latest round of climate-change negotiations.