The Danish Ambassador to China, Mr. Friis Arne Petersen, hosted a luncheon for Vice Minister for Ministry of Environmental Protection, Mr. Li Ganjie on 8 June. Ambassadors from other European countries such as Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden and Romania also participated in the luncheon.
During the discussion Chinese and European perspectives of the coming United Nations Rio+20 conferences was discussed.
“Today’s meeting shows that Europe and China attach similar importance to the Rio+20 delivering a strong, coordinated message that global sustainable development is both desirable and indeed achievable through common efforts.
Europe and China have had a long term, deep cooperation on the environmental area, which, in future, I expect will serve as a beneficial stepping stone towards realising green economies. We look forward to this common endeavour,” the Danish Ambassador said.
The Rio+20 Summit, which focuses on enhancing global Sustainable Development, will take place on 20-22 June 2012 in Brazil. It assembles the whole world community, including Heads of States, businesses, civil society and citizens and will focus on three topics in particular.
First, strengthening the political commitments to sustainable development. Second, reviewing the progress and difficulties associated with their implementation and third, making a joint response to the new emerging challenges of societies.