On August 31 and September 1, GGGI, in collaboration with the China Center for SCO Environmental Cooperation (CSEC) and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) co-hosted the International Workshop on Green Urbanization and 2017 CCICED Round Table in Langfang City, Hebei Province, China.
Under the theme of “New Ideas, Good Governance & High Technology, this workshop provided an opportunity to promote green urbanization in China as well as identify ways to provide infrastructure services and support to the new district construction in cities. During the two-day event, experts and representatives of government ministries, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector business leaders from countries, including China, Korea, Japan, Denmark, Germany and the U.S. shared their insights and experiences in green urbanization, environmental protection and ecological development in New Towns and New Districts and exchanged their views on areas such as urban clean heating and clean atmosphere They discussed ways to provide support for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regional environmental management and the green Xiong’an New Area to ultimately promote urban and regional green, cycle and low-carbon development in the country.
During the workshop, GGGI and CSEC signed an agreement on a joint workplan for 2017 seeking to enhance partnerships and opportunities for exchanging knowledge on international policies and technologies in the interest of advancing sustainable urban development and strengthening the strategy for green development in Chinese cities. GGGI Director-General Dr. Frank Rijsberman also had a discussion with Director-General GUO Jing of Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) International Cooperation Department on deepening cooperation in areas including air pollution, green cities, and Greening the Belt and Road. During the meeting, Dr. Rijsberman accepted the offer to join MEP’s Green Belt and Road Coalition.