Under the guidance of China NGO Network for International Exchanges, Beijing NGO Network for International Exchanges (Beijing NGO) co-hosted the parallel event on “Actively Coping with Climate Change and Contributing to Humanity’s Sustainable Development” in cooperation with China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) and Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation on July 6 during the 50th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is a concrete measure for Beijing social organizations to participate in the discussion of topics and promote multilateral co-governance in key areas under the framework of the UN Human Rights Council. Experts and scholars from relevant agencies at home and abroad, as well as representatives of international organizations, conducted in-depth exchanges and discussions at the event, and shared folk wisdom for international affairs and global ecological environment governance.
Li Ruohong, chairman of Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation, said that the question of how to view the global, healthy, cultural and modern dimensions of the atmospheric environment is a challenge to safeguarding human rights, and that we should unify our will, determine the implementation standards, develop finance, economy and trade, conduct technological innovation, provide social services, etc., create an atmosphere featuring “peace+1” and a balance between credit and interests, and create an environment that respects dignity and intelligence. People should keep to true nature and bear in mind the original aspirations.
H.E. Isabel Domingos, Ambassador of Sao Tome and Principe to China, proposed that we needed extensive communication and joint efforts, and should take fundamental, urgent and effective measures to build a green and eco-friendly world. The ambassador called on all to commit themselves to actively promoting sustainable development of humanity.
Vice President Dai Jianjun said that the severe challenge of climate change is a global issue, and no country can stay unaffected. We should respect nature, and cherish the eco-environment that we take for granted but without which we cannot survive. Recognizing the intimate connection between environmental rights and the right to live and development, and working together to tackle environmental problems are in line with the fundamental interests of mankind and also offer the only path towards sustainable development.
Commissioned by Nada Al-Nashif, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Benjamin Schachter, Environment and Climate Coordinator of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, sent a video to the meeting, calling on all parties to foster cooperation and make positive efforts to safeguard fundamental human rights and create a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
Representatives from WWF Beijing Office, Africa Sustainable Investment Project Agency of WWF Kenya Office, China Green Carbon Foundation, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture of CAAS, as well as Beijing Jiaotong University Carbon Neutral Technology and Strategic Research Center introduced key policies and important projects, shared initiatives and work achievements for tackling climate change in various fields, and offered more feasible and innovation solutions to diversified participation in global eco-environment governance.
Wang Xiangyi, vice chairman and secretary-general of China Association for NGO Cooperation, said in the concluding remarks that one of the environmental rights mentioned in the Human Rights Action Plan of China (2021-2025) is to address climate change, including efforts to achieve carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals, enhance the adaptation to climate change, and foster international cooperation on climate change. It is believed that we will see many new opportunities for cooperation in promoting harmonious coexistence between man and nature, and contributing to the reform and innovation in global climate governance.
In recent years, China, as a participant, contributor and trailblazer in global climate governance, has demonstrated its responsibility as a major power through cooperation with the United Nations system, developed countries and other developing countries. Guided by the concept of “man and nature as a community of life”, it staunchly supports and advocates that international organizations and non-governmental organizations regard response to climate change and eco-environmental governance as topics for sustainable development.
Beijing NGO has ECOSOC Special Consultative Status and the observer status under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As a supplement to the 50th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, this parallel event created a platform for relevant institutions and representatives to carry out exchanges and cooperation. All parties expressed their willingness to participate in and work together to tackle the global challenge of climate change and make tireless efforts to promote sustainable development of humanity.
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