Strive for green and sustainable development: WEC
The opening ceremony of the fifth World Economic and Environmental Conference. [Gong Yingchun/China.org.cn]
The opening ceremony of the fifth annual World Economic and Environmental Conference (WEC) was held on Nov. 17 at the China World Hotel in Beijing. Hundreds of people from over 40 countries and regions attended this opening ceremony—among them are international political leaders, business executives and academics.
The two-day conference ran from Nov. 17 to 18 and was themed “Future Momentum towards Economic Prosperity: Green and Sustainable Development”. The conference discussed low-carbon development, green development, energy conservation and challenges and opportunities China faces in economic development.
Attendees of the conference said that economic development should be fully compatible with environmental sustainability. They also added that businesses and countries around the world must insist on green and sustainable development strategies due to fast economic growth that has brought climate change and long-term environmental problems. Participants advocated that countries all over the world should cooperate and learn from each other to ensure the global economy develops through low-carbon, green and sustainable initiatives.
The WEC is organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Energy Conservation Protection Environmental Association (IEEPA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is a professional, international and comprehensive exchange and cooperation platform. The WEC aims to promote sustainable development in China and establish a win-win development model between the environment and the economy. The conference has been successfully held for four years beginning in 2008.