Home > Meetings and Statements
Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Zhenmin at the Reception for the IUCN Council
2013/01/30
 

President Zhang Xinsheng,

Director-General Mme.Julia Marton-Lefevre,

Distinguished Council members,

Senior management team of the IUCN,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Good evening! It's a great honor and pleasure for me to welcome you all to the Chinese Mission this evening.

 

Let me start by extending my warm congratulations to Mr. Zhang for your election as president of the IUCN and my warm congratulations to all the newly elected members of the Council. As the world oldest and largest global environmental organization, IUCN has been very famous for its presence in all parts of the world and for its achievements over the past decades. The Chinese Government highly appreciates the important contribution made by the IUCN in promoting global conservation of nature, biodiversity and sustainable development.

 

China remains now the largest developing country with a population of about 1.3 billion, and ranks the 8th among the world countries in terms of species biodiversity. Meanwhile, China is amid the period of high-speed economic development and is facing with various challenges brought about by industrialization and urbanization. Since the ancient times, China has always cherished the importance of nature. The idea of "man and nature should live in harmony" and "law of nature should be observed" is deep-rooted in Chinese traditional philosophy. The Chinese Government attaches great importance to nature conservation and environment protection. The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held last November has for the first time promoted ecological progress to an unprecedented high position, describing it as one of the five components of China's modernization plan. At the same time, the Chinese Government is actively participating in international cooperation on environment protection. So far we have joined and acceded to over 30 international conventions related to environment protection and nature conservation. The Chinese Government is committed to further cooperation with the IUCN and other environmental organizations in the field of species assessment, administration of protected zones and world heritage protection through information sharing, technology transfer and best practice sharing. In that respect, I sincerely hope that Director-General Mme. Julie Marton-Lefevre, as a distinguished member of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, could continue to lend her help with more wise ideas and proposals.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

In my humble view, conservation of nature is both a process and objective of environmental protection. When nature could be conserved, sinks will be established for further addressing climate change, landscapes will be green for better living by humans, natural disasters will be avoided. Nature conservation will have multi-dimensional effectiveness.

 

Please allow me to take this opportunity once again to express my heart-felt congratulations to all of you and let me pay tribute to all of you. I firmly believe that, with your concerted efforts, the mandate and mission of the IUCN could be better fulfilled, thus making more contribution to the global conservation of nature. I could share with you that Mr. Zhang Xinsheng has been a very capable leader with rich experience in working for both governments and international organizations such as UNESCO. He is also an enthusiastic advocate of ecological civilization in China. I believe his presence in the Council would inject new dynamism into the organization.

 

In conclusion, I would like to reaffirm that Chinese Government stands ready for any support to the IUCN and its new Council, as we have always done.

 

Please feel at home and enjoy the evening!

Suggest To A Friend:   
Print