As the World Cities Day draws to the end, topics related to climate change such as urban disaster prevention and rescue and sponge city development have become a focus of all sectors. On November 1, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands and the World Resources Institute (WRI) co-hosted the High-end Seminar on Sustainable Urban Water Management under Climate Adaptation in Beijing, aiming to exchange practical experience, strategies and policies on sustainable urban water management in response to climate risks.
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To meet the temperature goal set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, global greenhouse emissions must fall to net zero by the end of this century. Therefore, countries around the world must take more ambitious and urgent actions to decarbonize. Experience of developed countries shows that deep decarbonization and high-level economic development can be achieved at the same time. Low-carbon development is likely to become the new driver for economic growth. China is shifting from high-speed growth to high-quality growth.
China is the biggest developing country and a major CO2 emitter in the world, thus its green development philosophy and practice is of great significance for promoting "green orientation" of global development. From June 2nd to 5th, 2019, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) held its 2019 annual general meeting in Hangzhou. The World Resources Institute (WRI), as a foreign member of CCICED, has been contributing recommendations for China's sustainable development over the years, based on its world-leading environmental research outcomes.
World Resources Institute (WRI) has appointed Dr. Fang Li as the new Director of WRI China. Dr. Fang is an experienced leader with deep expertise in environmental economics and a strong track record of forging progress on China’s critical environment and development challenges.