Chen Jining delivers a wrap-up speech at the closing ceremony of the AGM, hoping that the Council members and experts make use of their advantages and resources and contribute more wisdom to promoting ecological progress.
BEIJING, Nov.11-The three-day 2015 Annual General Meeting of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (hereinafter referred to as the CCICED) concluded with a complete success after going through all agenda items. Chen Jining, MEP Minister and Chinese Executive Vice Chairperson of CCICED, delivered a wrap-up speech at the closing ceremony of the AGM, hoping that the Council members and experts make use of their advantages and resources and contribute more wisdom to sticking to green development and promoting ecological progress in China.
The Chinese government has attached great importance to this meeting, said Chen. Zhang Gaoli, Vice Premier of the State Council and Chairperson of CCICED, delivered important remarks at the opening ceremony, gave full recognition of the role of CCICED as an irreplaceable two-way platform for promoting China’s environment and development undertaking, and hoped that the Council strive to develop into a top international think-tank in the fields of environment and development, pointing a direction for the Council’s development in the near future.
Chen said that for the past three days, the Council members, experts, and guests have conducted intense and extensive debate around the theme of “enabling governance capacity for green transformation”, reached plural consensuses, and come up with plenty of good policy recommendations. We will earnestly study and absorb these opinions and recommendations, translate them into thoughts, measures, and actions, and render them to produce effects, take roots, and yield results.
Also, Chen noted that we are currently studying and implementing the guidelines of the fifth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, and working on implementing the objectives, tasks, development notions, and key measures proposed by the recommendations to the 13th Five-Year Plan. We must hold on to two ideas in the process of promoting ecological progress and green transformation, based on the broad consensuses and recommendations reached at the AGM. The two ideas are sticking to scientific decision-making and systematic advancement. Under the new normal for economic development, the attainment of ecological conservation and green development goals is confronted with plural circumstances, and emerging problems and challenges await during our efforts to overcome difficulties in economic development and ecological conservation, address problems caused by our own mechanisms and institutions, introduce the toughest environmental protection and water resources management systems, implement vertical management for environmental monitoring, supervision, and enforcement for environmental branches below provincial level, implement the actions plans for air, water, and soil pollution control, and carry out ecological conservation and restoration projects for mountains, waters, forests, farmlands, and lakes. To tackle these challenges, we need to adopt a holistic notion and innovative thoughts, examine the details and essence of our experience, and enable our decision-making to be more science-based and systematic.
Moreover, when we stress the importance of science and system, we cannot overlook the contribution of the top think-tank CCICED. We need to earnestly study and absorb the useful suggestions proposed by the meeting on green transformation, conduct in-depth analysis and studies on key issues that affect and constrain the ecological conservation and promote green development, eliminate bad practices unfavorable for green development, draw up clear roadmap and construction plans, try to translate the green development notions and targets identified by the Central Government into reality, and inject green impetus to economic transformation and upgrading and also promote better development of environmental protection undertaking.
Finally, Chen noted that CCICED is standing on a new starting point. He hoped that the Council members and experts make use of their advantages and resources and contribute more wisdom to sticking to green development and promoting ecological progress in China.
The closing ceremony was moderated by Li Ganjie, Vice Minister of MEP and Secretary General of CCICED. Achim Steiner, Executive Vice Chairperson of CCICED and UNEP Executive Director, spoke at the ceremony. UNIDO Director General Li Yong, Director General of Global Green Growth Institute Yvo de Boer, and President of World Resources Institute Andrew Steer made presentations on green “one belt and one road”, think-tank and green transformation, green finance and outcomes of G20 theme forums.
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