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UNEP says Bright Moon partnership reaffirms China's green aspirations


08:51, May 21, 2013

NAIROBI, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The UN Environment Program (UNEP) agency said Monday China is currently a strategic and significant player in the advancement of green transformation and sustainable development globally.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said China is well placed to help the world tackle a host of ecological challenges including climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss and wildlife poaching.

"With often double digit growth, the future of the planet is in a significant way linked to the sustainable development ambitions of China now and in the future," said Steiner during the 2013 Bright Moon event held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The Bright Moon Action is supported by the Africa Regional Bureau of Xinhua News Agency, the UNEP and China Top Brands Magazine of Xinhua News Agency.

This initiative was formed in 2009 to showcase China's commitment to green economy and sustainable development ethos while raising public awareness on them through the media.

Greening the Chinese Dream was the theme of this year's Bright Moon Event and UN officials, senior executives of Chinese enterprises agreed that the Asian giant is on the threshold of an ecological transformation that will have ripple effects across the globe.

Steiner noted that China's phenomenal economic growth has impacted on the environment hence the need for innovative partnership between the government, industry and citizens to address this challenge.

"The Chinese government understands the environmental challenges better than anyone and we welcome the country's investments and policy directions in favor of a green economy and an ecological civilization," Steiner said.

Currently, the UNEP has partnered with several Chinese institutions to promote environmental sustainability in the country and the global south.

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