2018 marks the fifth anniversary since the Initiative of Jointly Building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (hereinafter referred to as the Belt and Road Initiative) was first put forward in 2013.

Since its inception, the Belt and Road Initiative has proceeded rapidly with the implementation of a number of major programs and international production capacity cooperation projects. In the field of eco-environmental cooperation, China has achieved positive progress and promising results by actively deepening bilateral dialogue, exchange and cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road, reinforcing eco-environmental information support services and advancing cooperation on environmental standards, technologies and industries.

The cooperation among the universities along the Belt and Road countries is a significant component to promote the Belt and Road Initiative. Tongji University, as a Chair of Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), with the environmental discipline ranking A+ in China, has achieved substantial and in-depth cooperation with developing countries, especially the Belt and Road countries.

Therefore, with the support of UN Environment and Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Tongji University launched the Alliance of Belt and Road for Environmental Deans (ABRED) in December 2018, with environmental faculties from 52 universities in 25 Belt and Road countries. ABRED aims to deepen cooperation and communications in the environment and related disciplines among universities in Belt and Road countries, build bridges for regional cooperation among Belt and Road countries, sharing sustainable solutions, and working together to promote sustainable development under the framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.2018 marks the fifth anniversary since the Initiative of Jointly Building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (hereinafter referred to as the Belt and Road Initiative) was first put forward in 2013.

Since its inception, the Belt and Road Initiative has proceeded rapidly with the implementation of a number of major programs and international production capacity cooperation projects. In the field of eco-environmental cooperation, China has achieved positive progress and promising results by actively deepening bilateral dialogue, exchange and cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road, reinforcing eco-environmental information support services and advancing cooperation on environmental standards, technologies and industries.

The cooperation among the universities along the Belt and Road countries is a significant component to promote the Belt and Road Initiative. Tongji University, as a Chair of Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), with the environmental discipline ranking A+ in China, has achieved substantial and in-depth cooperation with developing countries, especially the Belt and Road countries.

Therefore, with the support of UN Environment and Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Tongji University launched the Alliance of Belt and Road for Environmental Deans (ABRED) in December 2018, with environmental faculties from 52 universities in 25 Belt and Road countries. ABRED aims to deepen cooperation and communications in the environment and related disciplines among universities in Belt and Road countries, build bridges for regional cooperation among Belt and Road countries, sharing sustainable solutions, and working together to promote sustainable development under the framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.