China’s Green Transformation: Efforts, Practices and Future

20 Jun 2012

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UNDP and the Ministry of Science and Technology held a side event to promote the Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21 (ACCA21) at Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. With Rio+20 having been labelled as the most important global meetings on sustainable development of our time, the event sought the capitalise on the convening power of the UN Summit and UNDP’s global network to draw attention among world leaders, to China’s progress in meeting its Agenda 21 commitments.

In addition to introducing the ACCA21 as a newly formed centre for research and development under the Ministry of Science and Technology, the event once again focused on China’s efforts to establish a green economy. In doing so, speakers at the event reinforced the messages heard at a side event held the day before – that China is committed to finding solutions to global challenges.

Joining Ms. Veerle Vandeweerd, UNDP Director of the Environment and Energy Group at the Bureau for Development Policy, at the event was Vice Minister of Science and Technology Wang Weizhong, who addressed participants and called for closer cooperation with UNDP in sharing China's experiences with other developing countries under the framework of South-South Cooperation.

China was one of the first countries to formulate and implement its Agenda 21 strategy and the ACCA Centre will spearhead further research into sustainable development. The event was moderated by CCTV Anchor, Tian Wei and led to a highly interactive panel discussion.