On Oct 8-9, "The 2005 International Forum for Coastal Cities" was held in Xiamen and "Xiamen Declaration" was signed. Vice Minister Zhu Guangyao of SEPA presented and addressed the meeting. The representatives from UNEP and related institutions, 23 coastal cities in 13 foreign countries and mayors from 14 coastal cities of China also attented the meeting.
On Oct 10, "Guidance for Promoting Circular Economy Development of SEPA" was printed and distributed by SEPA [Reference No.114(2005)].
On Oct 14, Minister Xie Zhenhu of SEPA met the delegation led by Ms. Marina Silva, Environmental Minister of Brazil. They exchanged views on environmental cooperation between China and Brazil and biodiversity conservation and etc.
On Oct 16, the commemoration for the 20th anniversary of returning of elks was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Zhu Guangyao of SEPA attended and addressed the celebration ceremony.
On Oct 20, Mr. Wu Xiaoqing was appointed as Vice Minister of SEPA and Ms. Wang Jirong was removed from Vice Minister of SEPA by the State Council.
On Oct 20, Chengdu High Technology Industrial Park was approved as ISO14000 Demo-zone [Correspondance No. 451(2005)].
On Oct 21, Vice Minister Zhu Guangyao of SEPA met Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Principal Secretary of Ministry of Health of the Republic of Seychelles. They exchanged views on the cooperation in the field of environmental protection between China and Seychelles.
On Oct 22-23, the Seventh Tripartite Environmental Minister Conference among China, Japan and Korea was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. The dialogue and discussions were conducted on progress of environmental policies, circular economy, climate change, sandstorms and other regional and global environmental issues of common concern, the closer cooperation under the mechanism of ministers conference and how to further strengthen meeting mechanism in the meeting. The meeting also signed the "Joint Communique of the Seventh Tripartite Environmental Minister Conference among China, Japan and Korea". Minister Xie Zhenhua of SEPA attended the meeting.
On Oct 24-26, "International Seminar on Regional Air Quality Management" was held in Beijing. The meeting discussed on how to further strengthen cooperation and promote improvement of regional air quality. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun of SEPA and Mr. Jim Connaughton, Chairman of Environmental Quality Council of the White House of America presented and addressed the meeting. The officials of environmental protection sectors, scientists and representatives of enterprises from China, US and EU also attended the meeting.
On Oct 25-26, the Second National Ecological City Construction Spot Meeting and Commending Conference for the Third Batch Ecological Demo-Zones at State Level was convened in Chengdu of Sichuan Province. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun of SEPA and Mr. Liu Xiaofeng, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province presented and addressed the meeting.
On Oct 26, Minister Xie Zhenhua of SEPA met the delegation of Asian Development Bank led by Mr. Rohani, Director General of Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD). They exchanged views on the environmental issues of common concern.
On Oct 26, the awarding ceremony for Top Ten Civil Figures on Environmental Protection in China was convened jointly sponsored by Xinhua Net and Association of China Economic Press.
On Oct 27, the First "Everbright Environmental Protection Cup" National Art Calligraphy and Photography Exhibition was opened in Beijing.
On Oct 28-29, the first Jiuzhai Paradise International Environment Forum which focused on the theme "strategies for environmental protection during the process of rapid economic development" was held in Sichuan Province. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing of SEPA presided over the opening ceremony. Mr. Zhang Rongming, Vice Chairman of National Committee of the CPPCC, Mr. Song Jian, Chairman of the China Association of Environmental Protection, Mr. Xie Zhenhua, Minister of the State Administration of Environmental Protection and Mr. Zhang Zhongwei, Governor of Sichuan Province presented and addressed the meeting. Mr. Mao Rubai, Member of Committee of Environment and Resources of NPC, Mr. Chen Yuan, President of the State Development Bank, Mr. Liu Xianzhen, former minister of Malaysia's Environment Ministry, Mr. Chen Rongshun, secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Environment and Water Resource and Mr. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, vice minister of South Africa's Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism also delivered their speeches at the meeting. Around 600 representatives, including senior domestic and foreign officials from government environment departments, officers from the UN Environment Program, famous experts from environment circles of both home and abroad, VIPs from some international financial institutions or non-government organizations attended the meeting. During the meeting, Minister Xie Zhenhua of SEPA and President Chen Yuan of SDB signed the "Agreement on Exploration Financial Cooperation".
On Oct 29, 21 enterprises including Beijing Thermal Power Branch Company of Zhongdian Guohua Electric Power Co., Ltd were awarded the title of "National Environmentally-friendly Enterprises" by SEPA[Reference No. 118 (2005)].
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