“The Europe-China Climate Collaboration Forum” Successfully held on 16th December


The Europe-China Climate Collaboration Forum, a highly prestigious half day virtual event was organised by the Ireland China Institute, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and the National Academy of Development and Strategy of Renmin University of China. Close to 200 people from Ireland, China and representatives from the EU and UN attended the Forum.

The event was opened by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, H.E. He Xiangdong Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Ireland, H.E. Ann Derwin the Ambassador of Ireland to China, Du Peng, Vice President of Renmin University, Professor Dolores O’Riordan, UCD Vice President of Global Engagement, and closed by Minister Eamon Ryan and Minister of State Sean Fleming. Other speakers at the Forum include Irish Times Environment and Science Editor Kevin O’Sullivan, Deputy Director of DG-Fisma Alexandra Jour Schroeder, Stephen Nolan MD of the UNDP FC4S, Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament, LI Junfeng, First Director and Chairman of Academic Committee of National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC). Han Wenke, Former Director of Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission, Li Lei, Director of Department of Risk Management and Performance Appraisal, Xu Qinhua, Director International Energy Strategy Research Centre, Renmin University of China etc.

At the half-day forum, relevant officials, experts, and scholars from China and Ireland, the European Union, the United Nations exchanged and discussed their views on topics such as China-EU economic green transformation, green finance, renewable energy development and cooperation. For those concerned with the vital importance of strengthening East West collaboration on climate action, this event is a significant and timely contribution to public awareness and policy discussion that aims to foster better understanding and dialogue and facilitate deeper cooperation on this most critical of global challenges.