Secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group Li Ganjie met with Mr. Erik Solheim, UN Deputy Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, in Tianjin on Thursday. The two sides exchanged views on cooperation in the environment protection field.
Li began by extending welcome on behalf of his ministry to Eric Solheim and spoke highly of the bilateral cooperation fruits over the past few years. Mr. Solheim has, since he took the helm of UNEP, applauded China’s ecological conservation concepts and environmental protection achievements on multiple occasions, and spoke highly of China’s contributions to the global environmental governance. The two sides have enhanced mutual trust in political sense and taken bilateral cooperation up to new levels.
The International Alliance for Green Development proposed by President Xi Jinping under the Belt and Road Initiative has gained the full support and involvement by the UNEP, said Li. The Chinese side hopes that the UNEP may continue to take advantage of their own resources, and through the concerted efforts of the two sides, develop the alliance into a platform for communications and exchanges, information and knowledge sharing, and capacity building and pragmatic cooperation.
Mr. Solheim appreciated China’s leading role in global environmental governance. He said UNEP highly values China’s position and role in global environmental protection and sustainable development, that the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China is gradually becoming a global consensus and will help push for the belt and road countries and the international community to promote the use of sustainable development technologies, and that the UNEP will strive to give play to its own advantages and give support to the aforementioned international alliance for green development.
The two sides also reached consensuses on issues including China’s participation in the third UNEA and China to second junior professional officials to the UNEP headquarters.
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