Xi to address COP15 summit via video link

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping will attend via video link the leaders’ summit of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) and deliver a keynote speech today, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying announced.

Environmental improvement in China under the ecological civilisation promoted by President Xi Jinping is proof that the philosophy can be an effective way forward for the world’s sustainable development, experts said.

The philosophy stresses harmonious coexistence of man and nature and is a workable alternative to capitalism, they said.

The remarks came ahead of COP15, which is being held in Kunming, Yunnan province. It kicked off on Monday and will end on Friday.

The summit will continue in the first half of next year under the theme of “Ecological Civilisation –Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth”.

Qian Yong, director of the Research Centre for Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilisation, said it was the first global UN conference with ecological civilisation as a theme.

Inaugurated in July at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment office in Beijing, the centre is tasked with researching not only theories relating to the philosophy, but also its practice.

Since the dawn of industrial civilisation, mankind has created massive material wealth. However, it has come at a cost of exploitation of natural resources, resulting in increasing conflicts between man and nature, Qian said.

“In light of the serious challenges presented by industrialisation such as environmental pollution and ecosystem degradation, the Chinese government has been advocating and working to advance ecological civilisation,” he said.

The development of China’s ecological civilisation has gained momentum since Xi became general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee in 2012.

“Both ecological civilisation construction and the institutional system for environmental protection have been advanced in the country in an accelerated manner since then,” Qian said.

He pointed to key statistics to show China’s achievements in environmental management.

As of the end of 2020, carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP in China had been reduced by 48.4% from the 2005 level, bettering the target of 40-45%.

China has seen its forest areas expand for 30 straight years, contributing to one-fourth of the growth in the world’s afforested area. — China Daily/ANN

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