On Jun.5th, 2011 International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability, hosted by Tongji University and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and undertaken by UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD), opens ceremoniously in Tongji University on the World Environmental Day. On the opening ceremony, more than 400 young students from 30 countries and well-known specialists and scholars come together to discuss the latest topics, innovative technologies and creative ideas on environment and sustainable development.
On the opening ceremony, Prof. WANG Guangtao, Chairman of Environment Protection and Resources Conservation Committee of National People's Congress of China, Chairman of the Advisory Board of IESD, Prof. LI Yongsheng, Executive Vice President of Tongji University,Dr. Young-Woo Park, UNEP Regional Director and Rep. for Asia Pacific , Prof. YIN Jie,Deputy Director of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SMEC),and Mr. FU Guoqing, Director of International Cooperation Division of Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission (SMSTC) deliver their welcome remarks. Mr. Achim Steiner, Undersecretary General of UNand Executive Director of UNEP also conveys his video address. Dr. Klaus Toepfer,Former Undersecretary General of UN, Former Executive Director of UNEP, Honorary professor of Tongji University and Prof. ZHENG Guoguang, Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) deliver a keynote speech on Climate Change and Sustainable Developent and Towards the Low-carbon Society respectively. Prof. WU Jiang, Vice President of Tongji University, chairs the opening ceremony.
The conference consist of four panels: Living with Forest and Water, Green Economy, Clean Energy & Green Mobility, Eco-Urbanism & Cultural Heritage. Each group will lead a field trip in Chongming Island, Ningbo, Hangzhou and Suzhou respectively.
Posters submitted by the participants have been exhibited, upon which TOP9 posters will be voted. The awarding ceremony of TOP9 posters will be held on the closing ceremony, on Jun.8th, 2011. Meanwhile, the Global Youth Declaration on Environment and Sustainability will also be announced on the closing ceremony.
Besides, the awarding ceremony of 2011 Klaus Toepfer Environmental Scholarship is held on the opening ceremony. Ten outstanding students from ten universities have honor to be awarded. Dr. Klaus Toepfer and Prof. WANG Guangtao present the certificates to them.