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Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui Attends the International Day for Biological Diversity Event

2020/05/20

On May 20, 2020, Vice Foreign Minister attended upon invitation the International Day for Biological Diversity Event at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, and delivered a keynote speech titled building a Green Belt and Road and protecting the shared future for all life on Earth.

In his remarks, Luo Zhaohui said, this year's campaign is of special significance as it is held against the backdrop of the global fight against COVID-19. The outbreak offers a chance to rethink our relationship with nature. No matter how long the human history is, the exploration of the relationship between man and nature will last. The Chinese civilization has always advocated maintaining harmony between man and nature and pursuing sustainable development. The Marxist ecological philosophy stresses the inherent unity between man and nature. President Xi Jinping, based on the ancient Chinese wisdom and Marx's thought on ecology, put forward the thought of ecological civilization, and pointed out that man and nature form a community of life; we, as human beings, must respect nature, follow its ways, and protect it. The global fight against COVID-19 has also taught us that virus knows no borders and mankind share a common destiny. As the virus is the common enemy of mankind, countries need to work together to overcome the difficulties. As we live in the same global village, all countries are in a community with a shared future sharing weal and woe, and we can only achieve common development and build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity through solidarity, cooperation, mutual benefit and win-win results.

Luo Zhaohui pointed out, the Green Belt and Road aims to practice the concept of ecological civilization, promote green development, and protect the common homeland of countries along the Belt and Road in the process of implementing the Belt and Road Initiative. China, under the Green Belt and Road platform, has set up a green mechanism of ecological and environmental protection, built a green network for exchanges and cooperation, cultivated talents in ecological and environmental protection, and promoted the implementation of ecological measures in environmental protection, thus promoting a win-win situation between economic development and environmental protection along the Belt and Road and bringing long-term and tangible benefit to countries along the Belt and Road. Building the Green Belt and Road is a Chinese solution to global sustainable development.

Luo Zhaohui stressed, the Chinese government is willing to enhance communication and cooperation with all countries under the frameworks of the Green Belt and Road and the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and make greater efforts to uphold multilateralism and promote international cooperation on biological diversity so as to jointly build a global ecological civilization and a shared future for all life on Earth.

The event was hosted by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Premier Li Keqiang made important instructions on the event. Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity made a statement via video link. Representatives from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Yunnan Province, enterprises and social organizations attended and addressed the function.

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