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2011 China International Forum on Climate Change Will be Held in Beijing
2011-08-23    Origin: IEEPA  Tag: China News
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2011 China International Forum on Climate Change (2011 CIFCC), with the title of Green Development: Policy and Action, will be held in October in Beijing.

Along with the successful conclusion of the 4th World Economic and Environmental Conference (WEC), whose title was “low carbon mission during economic transition and development”, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Energy Conservation Environmental Conference Association (IEEPA) , as the co-organizer of the 4th WEC, will jointly organize 2011 CIFCC once again. The conference will be held on October 29-30, 2011, in Beijing. At the same time, this forum has won the support from Low-Carbon Economic Institute of Tsinghua University and foreign embassies in China.

Climate change is a global issue arousing wide concern among the international community. It is also one of the biggest challenges in the 21 century. Climate change needs to be responded to and part of societies new development path. It needs immediate, joint and innovative actions from the international community in a bid to establish an organic “low-carbon society”.

This forum has gained strong support from Abulaiti Abudurexiti, vice chairman of CPPCC, who will attend the meeting as chairman, He Jiankun, vice director of China National Climate Change Experts Committee, vice director of School Council of Tsinghua University, He Keng, vice chairman of Finance and Economic Committee of National People''s Congress, will hold the posts of advisors, and Edward Clarence-Smith, representative of UNIDO in China and Northeast Asia, will serve as secretary-general.

At the same time, UNFCCC COP17/CMP7 is just around the corner. From Copenhagen to Cancun, climate change and low-carbon development were always eye-catching issues around the globe. However, Copenhagen''s failure and Cancun''s impasse have clearly expounded the irresponsible, hesitating and pessimistic attitude from the developed countries again and again. Under such background, This forum not only shoulders WEC’s mission of assisting Durban meeting in reaching consensus, but also makes great efforts, with “Green Development: Policy and Action” as topic, to seek harmonious market system between economy and environment under the guidance of low-carbon development, to improve market mechanism with business power, to reach consensus among government officials, experts and scholars, enterprise leaders and international organizations, to form report and affect social groups by the power of spot and global media.

The organizer will invite senior officials from United Nations System, NPC, CPPCC, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) to make keynote speeches on global and China’s response to climate change. This forum consists of three round-table meetings with "Low-Carbon Development and Market Mechanism" as the main topic, "Green Industry and Low-Carbon City Construction" and "Advanced Energy Technology Innovation and Industrialization Development" as sub-topics. Attendees will make exchanges or discussions opportunities and challenges of low-carbon development, strategy and countermeasures on low-carbon development, establishment and development of carbon trading market, green industry system featured by low-carbon emission, emerging strategic industry development and low-carbon city construction, objective and countermeasure of green low-carbon city construction and development, advanced energy technology development trends and enterprise opportunity in global response to climate change, environment and policy favorable for advanced energy technology innovation, self-innovation and rapid development of new-energy enterprise and so on.

30 percent of attendees will be comprised of domestic and overseas government officials and international organizations, 10 percent from distinguished experts and scholars, 20 percent from representatives from financial and banking fields, and 40 percent from leaders or entrepreneurs from global top 500 and well known companies. This forum will cover one informal symposium for specially-invited guests, one senior-leader keynote report, and three round-table meetings for main and sub-topics. Moreover, seats will be reserved for representatives from research institutes, urban and professional societies and industry associations, and media outlets. At the same time, round 100 seats will be reserved for registered and cooperative media from home and abroad.

This forum will also make a study on enterprise''s achievement in handling climate change and sustainable development, which, if conforming to the forum report, will be compiled into the Report of 2011 CIFCC in the form of climate change action solution and enterprise case analysis. The report will be submitted to UN, NDRC and MEP and MIIT and other relevant agencies.

Edmond Alphandéry, Former French Minister of Economy, Chairman of Euro50 Group, pointed out: The 4th World Economic and Environmental Conference is an event of utmost importance, I strongly support this conference, I think very useful that we all discuss the problems created by carbon emissions mainly on climate change and that we debate at the international level the solutions that can be put forward. This initiative is therefore most welcome.

Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, made high appraisal on WEC 2011: the conference will send a strong message to the preparatory process for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). Its title “Low-Carbon Mission during Economic Transition Development” is very proper and practical.

Founded in 2008, WEC, namely World Economic and Environmental Conference, was derived from the concept of global "Green New Deal" proposed by United Nations. As a global summit initiated in China, WEC is making great efforts to build a win-win exchange and cooperation platform between governments and enterprises in terms of climate change, sustainable development and economic growth, lead various countries to make transition towards green, ecological development, to jointly combat lasting global environmental degradation in the process of human activity and economic development.

Editor: 沈欣
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