On May 10, a work meeting for water pollution prevention and control at Songhua River basin was held in Changchun, Jilin Province as approved by the State Council. SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the meeting and conveyed the important instructions of the Central Committee and State Council leadership on water pollution control at Songhua River and made arrangement for specific tasks. The meeting stressed to strengthen water pollution control with a view to restoring Songhua River and promoting the sustainable development and stability of the whole river basin. SEPA Vice Minister Zhang Lijun chaired the meeting. Participants included related staff from NDRC, Ministry of Supervision, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Agriculture and personnel from 25 cities (regions, leagues, autonomous states and management committees) in Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Heilongjiang and Songhua River basin.
On May 11, the launching ceremony of China research for macro environmental strategy and the first leading group meeting was held in Beijing. Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan, also Member of the political bureau, CCCPC attended the meeting and made a speech. The meeting was chaired by Xu Kuangdi, Vice Chairman of CPPCC, President of Chinese Academy of Engineering and chair of the macro strategy research program. SEPA Minister, also vice chair of the research program Zhou Shengxian addressed the meeting. Participants of the meeting included vice chairs of the program Zhu Guangyao, Pan Yunhe and Li Jiaxiang, lead experts Shen Guofang and Song Honglie and other staff from Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee (EPRCC), National People's Congress, the Committee of Population, Resources and Environment, CPPCC, NDRC, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Finance.
On the same day, the North China Monitoring Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, SEPA was unveiled in Beijing. SEPA Vice Minister and Minister for National Nuclear Safety Administration Li Ganjie attended the ceremony and gave a speech.
On May 14, a donation ceremony – Assuming Social Responsibility- by Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. to China Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF)was held in Beijing. Officials attended the ceremony and addressed the audience including Vice Chairman of NPC and Chairman of the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party Jiang Zhenghua, Vice Chairman of CPPCC and also Chairman of All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce Huang Mengfu, President of China Environmental Protection Foundation Qu Geping, Member of Standing Committee of CPPCC, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party, Vice Chairman of All-China Women's Federation and Vice President of China Environmental Protection Foundation Wang Jirong. SEPA Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended the ceremony and expressed congratulations.
On May 15, SEPA released Instructions on Strengthening Government Information Disclosure among National Environmental System.
On May 16 SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Chairman of White House Council on Environmental Quality James Connaughton and his delegation. They exchanged views on environmental cooperation between the two countries.
On May 17 the second meeting for the leading group of special science and technology program- water body pollution control and treatment- was held in Beijing. The meeting reviewed and adopted Implementation Plan for Special Science and Technology Program on Water Body Control and Treatment. Chair of the water group, also SEPA Minister, Zhou Shengxian hosted the meeting and made remarks. Deputy Chair, Director of the special program office and Vice Minister for Construction Qiu Baoxing and Director of the special program office, SEPA Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the meeting.
On May 18 International Forum on Innovation and Sustainable Development was held at Tongji University, Shanghai on the occasion of its centennial anniversary. The forum was hosted by SEPA and UNEP and organized by Tongji University. SEPA Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the forum and delivered a keynote speech on environmental technology innovation and sustainable development.
On the same day, SEPA Vice Minister Zhou Jian met with special advisor to the UN Secretary-General Jeffrey Sachs. They exchanged views on water resource management, water pollution control, climate change and clean energy.
On the same day, SEPA released national standard for environmental protection-Technical Specifications on Identification for Hazardous Waste.
On the same day, SEPA released Instructions on Strengthening Environmental Protection in Rural Area.
On May 22, the launching ceremony for collection of public service activity plans to mark 2007 International Day for Biodiversity and protection of biodiversity & signing ceremony for China-EU biodiversity demonstration project was held in Beijing. SEPA Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the ceremony and made a speech.
On the same day, the unveiling ceremony for Guangdong Monitoring Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety was held in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. SEPA Vice Minister, also Minister for National Nuclear Safety Administration Li Ganjie attended the ceremony and gave a speech.
From May 22 to May 23, the Second China-U.S Strategic Economic Dialogue was held in Washington US. Chinese Wu Yi, Vice Premier, special representative to President Hu Jintao and Hank Paulson, special representative to US President Bush and US Treasury Secretary co-chaired the meeting. On May 23, SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian, who accompanied Vice Premier Wu Yi to attend the dialogue met Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator of US EPA in Washington. They exchanged views on a broad range of issues such as environmental law enforcement, water pollution control and regional environmental inspection institutions and agreed to step up cooperation in above fields.
From May 23 to May 24, the on-the-spot meeting for national environmental departments on government information disclosure was held in Foshan, Guangdong Province. SEPA Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended and addressed the meeting. Related officials and staff from local EPBs including those at provincial level, autonomous regions, municipalities and cities specifically designated in the state plan participated in the meeting.
On May 24, Environmental Technology Innovation Forum in the Eleventh Five-year Period & 2007 Annual Meeting of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences was held in Beijing. Vice Chairman of NPC Jiang Zhenghua, SEPA Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing and Vice Chairman of Chinese Association for Science and Technology Fu Congbin attended the forum and made an address. Chairman of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences Wang Yuqing chaired the meeting.
On May 28 SEPA printed and issued the Circular on National Implementation Plan on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants of P.R. China.
On May 31 SEPA Vice Minister Zhou Jian met a delegation headed by World Resources Institute President Jonathan Lash. They exchanged views on issues covering energy security, climate change and biological protection and committed to increased cooperation in energy and environmental protection and advancement of global environment cause.
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