Strengthening Cooperation on Green Development of Cities, Promoting Joint Construction of the Green Belt and Road
Mayors' Forum on Green Development Held during Eco Forum Global Guiyang 2021
Zhao Deming delivers a speech, and Liu Shijin, Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Yu Bin and Chen Yan deliver keynote speeches
The Mayors' Forum on Green Development was held during the Eco Forum Global Guiyang 2021 on July 12, with the theme of Strengthening Cooperation on Green Development of Cities, Promoting Joint Construction of the Green Belt and Road. Zhao Deming, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Guizhou Provincial Committee and Secretary of the CPC Guiyang Municipal Committee, delivered a welcome speech, while Liu Shijin, Deputy Director of the Economic Affairs Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, and Chen Yan, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC Guizhou Provincial Committee and Deputy Secretary of the CPC Guiyang Municipal Committee and Mayor of Guiyang, delivered keynote speeches.
Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary-General of the Secretariat of United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), delivered a video speech, and Yu Bin, Member of the Party Leadership Group of the Development Research Center of the State Council, delivered a keynote speech. Other distinguished guests, including He Haidong, Mayor of Hohhot, Sun Bin, Vice Mayor of Jinan, Zhou He, Vice Mayor of Changchun, Tim-Oliver Kurzbach, Mayor of Solingen, Germany, Darcy Paul, Mayor of Cupertino, U.S., Konstantinos Tzioumis, Mayor of Tripolis, Greece, İbrahim Orhan Demir, Deputy Secretary-General of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey, Mike Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby, Canada, Hendrar Prihadi, Mayor of Semarang, Indonesia, Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku, Finland, and Michael Crain, Councilor of Fort Worth, U.S., delivered speeches respectively. Leaders from the Guiyang and related leaders of the Gui'an New Area, along with President of the Guiyang Municipal People's Court and Procurator-General of the Guiyang Municipal People's Procuratorate, attended the event.
On behalf of the CPC Guiyang municipal committee and the municipal government, Zhao Deming welcomed the distinguished guests present at the forum, and extended thanks to friends from all walks of life for their care and support for Guiyang's development in the long term. He noted that in the past few years, Guiyang has unswervingly followed the direction guided by General Secretary Xi Jinping, viewed "holding bottom lines and exploring a new path" as the overall foundation, guiding principle and direction for all the work, and achieved the coordination between economic catching-up and sustainable ecological improvement. Standing at a new historical starting point, we will firmly practice Xi's thought on ecological progress, deeply implement the macro ecological strategic action, and insist that "lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets". We will strive to make new achievements in ecological progress, and tell amazing stories of Guiyang in which its people are rich and ecology is beautiful. We will join hands with all parties to implement the green "Belt and Road" through mutual learning, cooperation and shared development, and create a better green and low-carbon future.
Liu Shijin stated that green development and economic growth are not contradictory, and the goal of carbon neutrality will bring great adjustments of the industrial structure, major technical innovations and investment opportunities, and supporting institutional reforms and innovations. It may also lead to major systematic changes to the way of living, mode of production, development concepts and pattern of development. Therefore, we should give full play to the role of the market in advancing carbon emissions reduction, pollution management, green development and collaborative growth.
Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi said that Guiyang has explored many successful practices in ecological progress, and great efforts will be made to enhance the exchanges between cities and local governments, and promote new concepts and models with harmonious coexistence between man and nature in terms of climate change response, inclusiveness, etc.
Yu Bin mentioned that in face of the unprecedented difficulties and impacts, the international community should help each other to achieve both the green transformation and sustainable development, and together build a community of life for man and nature. It should conduct in-depth exchanges on the experience and practice in the building of eco cities, enter into a closer partnership, and together contribute to the green development worldwide.
Chen Yan stressed that in recent years, Guiyang City and Gui'an New Area have deeply implemented Xi's thought on ecological progress, strengthened the low-carbon, reform and bottom line awareness, adopted the addition method for green growth and protection, the subtraction method for energy conservation and emissions reduction, the multiplication method for green development, and the division method for eliminating risks, and achieved a win-win situation with economic growth and ecological improvement. We will stick to a new development concept, adopt the big-picture thinking on high-quality development, and focus on a new type of industrialization, a new type of urbanization, agricultural modernization and tourism industrialization to explore a new development path, open a new chapter of rural revitalization, seize new opportunities to implement the strategy of digital economy, and make new achievements in ecological progress. Meanwhile, great efforts will be made to implement a five-year plan to strengthen Guiyang's primacy as provincial capital, vigorously advance the macro ecological strategic action, establish a green economic system, promote the cooperation on green development with other cities, and make new achievements in ecological progress.
At the forum, some guests also delivered speeches or conducted dialogues on issues such as promoting the innovation of ecological civilization theory and practice, establishing a sound production system and circulation system for green and low-carbon circular development, etc. The conference has made a number of achievements, such as the release of the planning and development results of the Guiyang (Economic and Technical Development Zone) Hydrogen Energy Industrial Cluster, release of an initiative to establish the Belt and Road Cities Alliance for Green Development Cooperation, and signing of the Memorandum of Friendly Cooperation between Guiyang, China and Tripolis, Greece.
Leaders from related cities at home and abroad, experts, scholars and enterprise principals, and leaders from Guiyang City and Gui'an New Area, attended the event.