Regional GEG Forum in China 8 August 2010
September 15, 2010  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Event, Featured  //  No Comment

An event entitled ‘Global Environmental Governance Forum 2010 – Perspectives from China’ was held at Peking University in Beijing on 8 August. The aim of the event was to foster a civil society dialogue in China on the IEG reform process currently underway, through engaging participants in intellectual discussions and soliciting input.

The co-organizers of the were Pingjian Yang, Director of the Institute of Environmental Public Policy at Peking University, and Ting Xu, faculty at the School of International Relations at the University of International Economics and Business. Pingjian Yang and Ting Zu are two of thirteen Emerging Leaders selected by the Global Environmental Governance Project to attend the 2009 Glion Forum. The GEG Project supported their committments to keep working on global environmental governance by organizing this regional consultation event.

The agenda included a keynote address from Haibing Zhang, Professor at the School of International Studies at Peking University, followed by several presentations, two panel discussions, and an hour for discussion and free speech. Some of the questions posed to Chinese academics, government officials, NGO and business representatives at the Forum include: How can China contribute to international environmental governance? What is the most urgent thing UNEP needs to do? What can the intergovernmental system do for China?, etc.

Many students and young participants attended the forum, and some emphasis was put on the important role of youth. It was discussed that youth of today will be dominating the leadership in the next era and need to get prepared for challenging tasks already now. It is time for youth to seize the opportunities and combine the ideal with hard work for an improved governance system and sustainability.

Click here to read and download the Report of International Environmental Governance Forum 2010-Perspective from China in English and Chinese.

About the Author :

Sara Svensson joined the GEG team in June 2010 working out of Gothenburg in Sweden. She spent the first half of 2011 working full-time in Boston with the GEG Project. Sara is a global youth representative in the UNEP Major Groups Facilitating Committee and the UNEP Civil Society Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance.

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