From February 5-7, Zhou Jian, Vice Minister of SEPA and head of the Chinese Delegation attended the 24th meeting of UNEP Governing Council and the Global Forum of Environment Ministers in Nairobi. Zhou Jian said that with the new worldwide pressures imposed by economic globalization, all countries should, in the principle of "enhancing cooperation, pursuing positive aspects while avoiding negative ones, building a harmonious society, and seeking for sustainable development", positively address the environmental challenges posed by economic globalization.
Vice Minister Zhou Jian was invited to give an introductory presentation. He focused on the ongoing historical transformations in the environment field as well as the policy measures adopted by China to enhance environmental protection. He said that protecting the environment has become the state's will. In order to achieve the environmental goals, Chinese Government is adopting a series of environmental policies, such as adjusting the economic structure, shifting the growth pattern, eliminating the polluting industries, developing circular economy, and promoting Green GDP and the strategic environmental impact assessment. The government will supervise the local governments and relevant departments by an assessment mechanism. This fully demonstrates the resolve of the government to carry out sustainable development and build a resource-saving and environment-friendly society.
On behalf of the Chinese Government, Zhou Jian brought forward the following four proposals on "Globalization and Environment"- first of all, to optimize the economic globalization by following the sustainable development strategy; second, to enhance the guidance, coordination and cooperation, and to achieve a win-win situation; third, to establish environmentally sound production and consumption patterns; fourth, to have mutual understanding and realize a balanced development. He pointed out that the responses to environmental challenges in the economic globalization era call for all countries to pursue sustainable development strategy, shift the economic growth pattern, establish environment-friendly production and consumption patterns, and try to achieve the balanced development of all nations.
The meeting and forum discussed topics like globalization and environment, UN reforms and international environmental management. More than 500 representatives from about 117 countries, over 20 intergovernmental organizations and NGOs participated in the meeting.