Xie said, it is true that green house gases have increased, however, there are also reports by global organisations saying that the increase of Carbon dioxide emissions has slowed in recent years, of which the principal reason is China's contribution.
The alliance hopes to grow to more than 50 members by next year, in a clear challenge to countries like the US and Indonesia that have announced plans to expand coal use in the coming years.
"Phasing out coal power is good news for the climate, for our health, and for our kids", said Catherine McKenna, Canada's minister of environment and climate change, in a statement. The market has moved, the world has moved.
But some of the world's biggest coal users, such as China, the United States, Germany and Russian Federation, have not signed up.
"Air pollution from coal has bad consequences for health", she adds.
The pace of Germany's exit from coal power has dominated talks in Berlin this week on forming a new German government.
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Powering Past Coal comes just days after US administration officials, along with energy company representatives, led a side event at the talks to promote "fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation".
In it, Francis called climate change "one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing".
The alliance was kicked off by Britain, Canada and the Marshall Islands, who urged other nations to join them in a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
Francis didn't cite any countries by name, but the United States has announced it is withdrawing from the Paris accord, and President Donald Trump has nominated several people in his administration who question scientists' conclusions that human activity is behind the global rise in temperatures.
"Climate change is a huge challenge, we all know that", he said.
Obama was a champion of the deal which America ratified just two months before Trump, who has described climate change as a "hoax", was elected to the White House.