China Hosts World Environment Day on Air Pollution
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Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, reads President Xi Jinping's congratulatory letter and delivers a speech at an event for the 2019 World Environment Day in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 5, 2019

The global World Environment Day celebrations were hosted by China in Hangzhou City on Wednesday June 5th, 2019 with the theme Air Pollution.  The decision was jointly announced by the head of the Chinese delegation, Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, and Joyce Msuya, Acting Head of UN Environment; in Nairobi, Kenya on 15th March 2019. 

China has been recognized globally for efforts in implementing strategies and technologies which will significantly reduce the carbon dioxide and methane emissions. These proactive solutions to pollution have the potential to decrease global temperatures substantially, addressing current key global warming issues and concerns.  China has led by example in promoting sustainability, environmentally focused management and remediation in high impact areas.  Recently a review report of 20 Years of air pollution control in Beijing was released.

“China will be a great global host of 2019’s World Environment Day celebrations,” said Joyce Msuya, Acting Head of UN Environment. “The country has demonstrated tremendous leadership in tackling air pollution domestically. It can now help spur the world to greater action. Air pollution is a global emergency affecting everyone. China will now be leading the push and stimulating global action to save millions of lives.”

World Environment Day is a UN Environment-led global event which is celebrated annually on June 5th around the world. China hosted the event across multiple cities, with Hangzhou, in the province of Zhejiang hosting the main event. 


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António Guterres, UN Secretary General delivering message on World Environment Day Wednesday June 5th, 2019

“World Environment Day highlights how much we all rely on nature and on our planet’s health. The quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe -- all depend on protecting the natural world. But the environment is facing unprecedented perils, caused by human activity. One million species are at risk of extinction. Oceans are under stress. Air pollution is claiming seven million lives every year and damaging children’s development. Many air pollutants also cause global warming. And climate change is an existential threat. In my recent visit to the South Pacific I saw first-hand the severe and worsening impacts of the global climate emergency. There is no time to lose. This is the battle of our lives. We must win. And we can. Solutions exist. Tax pollution, not people. Stop subsidizing fossil fuels. Stop building new coal plants. People everywhere are demanding action. On World Environment Day, let us heed their call.” – António Guterres, UN Secretary General’s message on World Environment Day Wednesday June 5th, 2019.

Following World Environment Day, UNEP Tongji IESD will host the International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability (ISCES) from 10th- 14th June 2019 which expects up to 200 international students from around the world to be in attendance.  This year’s themes include Education for Sustainable Development, Eco-City, Environment and Health; and Sustainable Consumption and Production. 

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