30 July 2019, Beijing - Cities Project attended the Second
Coordination Meeting of the Belt and Road International Green Coalition on
behalf of the United Nations Office South-South Cooperation. Office Manager Mr.
Jingchuan Alex Mu informed the participants of ongoing projects relating to
green development and invited interested partners to join.
During the group discussion on a working paper entitled
“Belt and Road Initiative Green Development Case Studies”, Mr. Mu introduced
three projects championed by the Cities Project and relevant to the scope of
green development agenda, i.e. the pilot project in Khajura Nepal on sustainable agriculture by means of
introducing technologies (solar power and biogas) to mitigate or adapt to climate change, the planned needs assessment in Bukhara, Uzbekistan on green city by
means of putting in place green belts and low-carbon production methodologies, and a potential needs assessment in the Koidu-New Sembehun City,
Sierra Leone on various
environmental issues including the reclamation of the land,
reforestation, cleaning of waterways, and waste management.
Mr. Mu underlined the significance of global and
multi-stakeholder partnerships in advancing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development and cordially invited interested partners from the
floor to join Cities Project’s initiatives.
Moreover, on the criteria of selecting cases for green
development, Mr. Mu shared the sentiments with Mr. Jian Song, representing
China Everbright International Limited, on the obstacles in policy and
regulatory environment they encountered when transplanting Chinese experiences
of solid waste management to Malaysia. Mr. Mu suggested that a worth-sharing
case shall be one that not only has yielded desirable results in its host
country or targeted region but also “sustainable and replicable”; successes
achieved chiefly because of government subsidies or built on the particularity
of the local environment might not be inspiring to a foreign country. The Chair
endorsed and adopted the recommendations of Mr. Mu.
The meeting was the second of its kind to facilitate work of
the Coalition. The one-day event started with presentations of the nine
thematic partnerships of the coalition. Three group discussions took place in
parallel in the second half of the day, followed by a concluding session.
The Coalition was launched on 25 April 2019 at a plenary
session of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Director and
Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation Mr. Jorge Chediek
attended the Coalition’s launching ceremony and addressed keynote speech.
The UNOSSC is one of the four Lead Partners of the “South-South Environmental Cooperation and SDGs Capacity Building” thematic partnership. Four UNOSSC initiatives were incorporated in partnership’s workplan of 2019: the development projects in Khajura and Bhukara and two publications on South-South experiences in cross-cutting issues of climate change and bio-economy and urban planning respectively and envisaged to be published at Santiago Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25).
Mr. Jingchuan Alex Mu commenting on the criteria for selecting cases
Group discussion on a working paper on green development case studies