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Cities Project Hails South-South Environmental Cooperation

The release date:2019-08-05 10:09:02

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

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