The high-level segment of the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Cancun, Mexico between Dec. 2 and 3. Vice Minister Huang Runqiu headed a Chinese delegation to the segment. Members of the delegation were with MFA, MOST, MOA, AQSIQ, SFA, CAS, SOA, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Government of HK SAR.
The theme of the high-level segment was “Mainstreaming the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for Well-Being”. The ministers or high-ranking officials with the environmental, agricultural, forestry, tourism, and fishery departments of over 190 countries, as well as the delegates with the UN agencies and international organizations attended the session.
At the roundtable meeting on tourism and biodiversity, Huang introduced China’s endeavors and achievements in biodiversity conservation, expounded the close connection between tourism sector and biodiversity, and proposed “China’s practices” in shaping a new framework for modern tourism sector that features the harmonious development of man and nature. Huang noted that under the guidance of the Five Development Ideas of Innovation, Coordination, Green, Opening-up and Sharing, the tourism sector will generate remarkably higher overall benefits, and gradually develop a new model of green, circular, and low-carbon development.
The participating ministers deliberated and adopted the Cancun Declaration on integrating biodiversity into the development of agricultural, forestry, tourism, and fishery industries.
On the sidelines of the high-level segment, Huang also met separately with Mexican Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano-Alaman, Uganda Minister of Water and Environment Goretti, and Peru’s Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Edgar Vasquez. In his talks with Peru’s Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Huang expressed gratitude to Peru for rooting for China’s bid for hosting the 15th COP of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2020.
The COPs are held once every two years for 13 times so far. The Parties to the Convention, China included, have made active contributions to and achieved fruitful results in the conservation, sustainable use, and benefit sharing of biodiversity under the framework of the Convention and its protocols.
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