Prof. Li Fengting speaks at the opening plenary of the UN Global Science-Policy-Business Forum
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Nairobi, 2 December 2017 - The UN Global Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment has been opened in the lead-up to and during the third session of the Third UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), under the banner “Science for Green Solutions”, in order to identify and promote opportunities for green investment that are driven by advances in science and technology, empowering policies and innovative financing.

The UN Global Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment was held at 2-3 December, organized by UN Environment and partners, is a framework designed to strengthen this interface and accelerate positive change towards a circular economy and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Driven by this goal, the forum will strengthen the interface between science, policy, business and society by tearing down traditional sectoral barriers and building consensus around key issues.

As invited, Prof. Li Fengting, Executive Deputy Dean of UN Environment - Tongji IESD, addressed on the opening ceremony:" Universities and research institutes are the drivers for science innovation and social change by adopting more non-traditional roles in technology transfer, economic development, creating policy-research-industry dialogue and better suited to satisfy the needs for sustainable development. These strengths represent untapped opportunities to collaborate with other actors across institutional boundaries, leveraging sector strengths." Prof. Li has also been invited to other sessions including citizen science as panelist.

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Tongji knowledge economy circle, which means “Industrial Base characteristics of R&D, design and service of Tongji University Rim”, is composed of environmental technology industry, innovative and designing industry, international engineering consulting industry, and new energy, new materials and environmental-friendly technology industry. Tongji has successfully bridged the gap between academia and business, and has been reported as an example of how universities are helping society to reach a low- or zero-carbon future, reported in Nature dated in 2009, as the only university from Asia.

      As the highest level of decision-making institute for global environmental issues, the Third United Nations Environment Assembly, with the theme "Towards a pollition-free planet", attended by ministers and high-level representatives from 193 member states of the United Nations, scientists, UN organizations, specialized agencies, intergovrnmental organizations and entrepreneurs from well-know companies discussed jointly about how to adapt new technologies and new ideas to solve the global pollution threats.