(1) Agreement Signing Ceremony
The UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) was jointly established by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Tongji University (Tongji). At the ceremony, Dr. Klaus Töpfer, by the time the Under- Secretary-General of UN and the Executive Director of UNEP, and Prof. Qidi Wu, former President of Tongji University, signed a Letter of Agreement on May 9, 2002. Mr. Zhenhua XIE, the former Minister of the State Environmental Protection Agency of China, Mr. Zheng HAN, and Mayor of Shanghai attended the agreement signing ceremony. Mr. Geping QU, former Chairman of Environment and Resources Committee, Standing Committee of National People’s Congress of China, sent a letter of congratulations to the Institute. Dr. Klaus. Töpfer, Mr. Zhenhua XIE, Mr. Zheng HAN, and Prof. Qidi WU gave speeches. A press conference was held after the ceremony. The establishment of the Institute received worldwide attention.
2002 Agreement Signing Ceremony
Prof. Wu Qidi, president of Tongji University and Dr. Klaus Toepfer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and the Executive Director of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) signed the Letter of Agreement to establish UNEP-Tongji Insitute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD)
2007 Agreement Renewal Ceremony
Prof. WAN Gang (right front), president of Tongji University signed the supplementary with Mr.Achim Stiner(left front), Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UNEP
(2) 2007 Signing Ceremony for UNEP-Tongji Agreement Renewal
On May 18, 2007, during the Centennial Ceremony of Tongji University, Mr. Achim Steiner, Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Executive Director of UNEP, and Prof. Gang WAN, President of Tongji, signed the renewed agreement of the cooperation between UNEP and Tongji. The cooperation will last until 2012. Prof. WAN Gang also issued the certificate for Honorable Professor to Mr. Achim Steiner.
The renewed agreement emphasizes the continuing cooperation between UNEP and Tongji in strengthening development and offering of a new model of education in the field of environmental protection, design and management, aiming at cultivating most-needed researches, technological and managerial talents for global environmental protection, particularly for developing countries. The two sides reconfirmed the special objectives and the functions of UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development. Mr. Xiaoqing WU, Vice Minister of SEPA, Dr. Klaus Toepfer, the former Executive Director of UNEP, Mr. Surendra Shrestha, Regional Director & Representative, UNEP Regional Office for Asia-Pacific (ROAP), and other distinguished guests attended the ceremony.
(3) 2012 Signing Ceremony for UNEP-Tongji Agreement Renewal
On December 14, 2012, during the Ninth Board Meeting of UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, Mr. Achim Steiner, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP, and Prof. Gang PEI, President of Tongji, signed the renewed agreement of the cooperation between UNEP and Tongji.