2017 Board Meeting of UN Environment-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development Held in Beijing
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On 10 December, the 2016 Board Meeting of UN Environment-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) was successfully held in Beijing. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Fang Shouen, Chairman of Tongji University Council. Mr. Erik Solheim, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Environment Executive Director, and Prof. Wu Qidi Gang, Member of Standing Committee, 11th National People’s Congress of China Member of the Education, Science, Culture and Health Committee, NPC of China Vice Minister of Ministry of Education of China (2003-2008), made their welcome remarks respectively.


Prof. Wu Qidi stated in her remarks that IESD has made substantial progress in promoting Education for Sustainable Development, South-South cooperation and urban environment in the past 15 years. The work in IESD is of great significance and it is expected that IESD can continue to play the active role and to make more outstanding contributions under the guidance of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the National 13th Five-year Plan, as well as Belt and One Road Initiative.


Mr. Solheim stressed that Tongji University is the strategic partner of the UN Environment, is the era that China is playing more and more important role at international stage. He hopes to strengthen the collaboration with Tongji University in science field and contribute to the Green Belt and Road.


Prof. Li Fengting, Executive Deputy Dean of IESD, has report the work in 2017. This year, under the guidance and support of UN Environment, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Commerce, China Meteorological Administration and Xinhua News Agency, IESD has actively implemented the decisions of last year's Board Meeting and made great progress in the aspects of urban environment, education for sustainable development in higher education, and South-South cooperation, etc. The institute is proposing to establish the UN Environment Science and Education Center in Shanghai, and launch a joint lab with countries along the belt and road on climate change and water environment.


Prof. Fang Shouen fully affirmed the achievements and work plan undertaken, and reflected the resolution of the Board Meeting last year with great endeavors to promote IESD to become the UN Environment Think Tank in the two tracks of urban environment and ESD. The board decided to have the next meeting during the 2018 meeting of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.


Honorary Professor of Tongji University, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016) Mr. Achim Steiner, Director of China’s National Satellite Meteorological Center, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering Prof. XU Jianmin, Director-General, Department of Science & Technology for Social Development Mr. WU Yuanbin, Head of Communications of Public Affairs & Sustainability of Covestro Greater China Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific Ms. Annette Wiedenbach,, UN Environment Ms. Dechen Tsering, South-South Cooperation Principle Officer of UN Environment Mr. ZHANG Shigang, Officer-in-Charge of UN Environment China Office Mr. ZHANG Jinhua, Director of the Center for Strategic Operations, Foreign Affairs Bureau, Xinhua News Agency Ms. YE Jia, also attended the meeting.