Advancing green development, unifying knowledge and action
Photo: Irene Giner-Reichl, Chen Yongfeng, Elisabeth Rysanek, Peter Schintlmeister, Hans Friederich, Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, Hermann Maier, Ralf Bredl
10 July 2016 – This year’s Eco Forum Global Annual Conference was held in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in Southwest China, from 9-10 July. Under the heading “Embracing a new era of Eco-Civilization: advancing green development, unifying knowledge and action”, China’s top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) gave a keynote at the opening ceremony. He stressed China’s determination to work with other countries to achieve the UN sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Leaders from countries like Switzerland, Kenya and Papua New Guinea also shared their views on ecological issues.
At the Austrian subforum “Promoting resource efficiency through regulation and sustainable technologies”, former Austrian Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament, Maria Rauch-Kallat, delivered a speech about environmental legislation and related policy in Austria. During the following discussion, which was moderated by the Austrian Ambassador Irene Giner-Reichl, the panelists Ralf Bredl, UNIDO Country Director China, Chen Yongfeng from the Austrian Consulate General in Guangzhou, Dr. Hermann Maier, CEO of gridlab, Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, chairman of ICLEI Urban Agendas, Dr. Hans Friederich, director general of INBAR, Peter Schintlmeister, Counsellor for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, and Elisabeth Rysanek, Attachée for Agriculture and Environment, talked about possible Sino-Austrian cooperation on green development and climate change. The discussion was enriched by statements of Prof. Cao Jianhua, Director of the Institute of Energy Economics of the Shanghai University of Finance, Prof. Fei Zhibing, Vice President of Shangdong Yongtai and a representative of Geely Auto Group. High ranking local officials such as Zhang Yingwei from the Guizhou Development and Reform Commission and Yuan Zhou from the Standing Committee of Guizhou Provincial People’s Congress attended the Austrian subforum.