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Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui Attends Ministerial Online Roundtable Biodiversity Beyond 2020: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth

2020/09/25

On 24 September, 2020, Ministerial Online Roundtable Biodiversity Beyond 2020: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth was co-hosted in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui attended the meeting and delivered opening remarks with the title of “building ecological civilization for a beautiful world”.

Luo Zhaohui pointed out, China will attend the UN Summit on Biodiversity in its capacity as the host of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, discussing global biodiversity governance in a post-epidemic era with all sides. While advocating ecological civilization and working actively to build a beautiful country, China has joined hands with other countries to build a beautiful world under the banner of multilateral cooperation. China has made biodiversity a part of its plan for economic and social development, formulated China National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan, built ecological conservation redline system and formed a natural areas protection system covering 18 percent of its land mass. Making green development as the key feature for the Belt and Road Initiative, China has established wide-ranging bilateral and multilateral cooperative mechanisms, gained more friends in ecological protection, deepened South-South cooperation and promoted actively Nature-Based Solution, so as to push the construction of global ecological civilization for stable and long-term development.

Luo Zhaohui noted, looking forward, China will act with a keen sense of responsibility to history, humanity, and the world, to strike a balance between environment and development, and contribute its share to the global environmental governance. First, China will fully honor its commitments to the Paris Agreement and pursue green and low carbon development. On September 22, President Xi Jinping announced at the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly that China will scale up its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions by adopting more vigorous policies and measures and we aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. The Chinese side is willing to make strenuous efforts to make due contributions to the global governance of climate and environment as well as the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Second, China will put into practice the concept of ecological civilization and pursue coordinated development. China will accelerate the construction of industrial structures, production and living modes that are resource-saving and environmental-friendly and make efforts to promote coordinated development of economy and ecology, so as to form a long-term mechanism of a virtuous cycle of jointly creating a sound environment and sharing a good life. Third, China will advocate multilateralism and pursue cooperative and win-win development. Based on multilateral conventions on environment and related mechanisms, China will strengthen exchanges and mutual learning with all parties on environmental governance to jointly build a more fair and reasonable multilateral system with each party doing its part, and share with all parties development opportunities through solidarity and cooperation. Fourth, China will make contributions to biodiversity governance and pursue both ambitious and realistic development. The Chinese side stands ready to work with all parties for an open, transparent and party-driven process, jointly promote COP15 for an ambitious, balanced and action-oriented post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and draw up an ambitious and achievable blueprint for future biodiversity conservation.

The roundtable was chaired by Minister of Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu. Ministerial level representatives from 17 countries including Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Mexico, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Liu Zhenmin as well as high-level representatives from relevant international organizations, convention agencies and non-governmental organizations, including United Nations Environment Programme, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Global Youth Biodiversity Network attended and addressed the event.

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