The 2nd “Europe-China Climate Collaboration Forum” Successfully Held on 12th October


On October 12th, the 2nd Europe-China Climate Collaboration Forum, organized by UCD Confucius Institute, RUC National Academy of Development and Strategy, Ireland China Institute, and co-organized by UCD Energy Institute, RUC Institute of Carbon Peaking and Carbon Neutrality, RUC Institute for Europe-Asia Studies, International Culture Exchange Centre, and National Academy of Belt and Road Green Development, China, was held by video conference. More than 250 government officials from the United Nations, the European Union and China, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom, officials from international organizations, heads of enterprises and institutions, university presidents, scholars and young student representatives attended this online event.

(Group Photo of Guests)

Marie O'Brien, President of the Ireland China Institute, presided over the forum’s opening ceremony. H.E. He Xiangdong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, Sun Zhen, Counsel (director-general level), Ministry of Ecology and Environment, P. R. C, and Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) delivered opening speeches.

Enda Kenny, former Taoiseach, Du Peng, Vice President of Renmin University of China, and Mark Rogers, Acting President of University College Dublin, gave welcome speeches. Wang Yi, Vice President of Renmin University of China, was the moderator in this session.

Closing remarks were delivered by Wang Liming, Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies, Li Zhenshi, Vice Director of the International Office and Director of the Confucius Institute Office, RUC, Xu Qinhua, Vice Dean of NADS and Executive Dean of Eurasian Research Institute, and Zhu Xiao, Vice Dean of School of Environment and Natural Resources, Research Fellow of Carbon Peaking and Carbon Neutrality, RUC.

In addition to the Keynote Forum, three other parallel forums were held simultaneously. The keynote speeches were chaired by Yan Jinming, Executive Dean of the National Academy of Development and Strategy and Dean of the School of Public Administration, RUC. The keynote forum, Higher Education and Europe-China Green Economy Transformation-University Presidents’ Roundtable was moderated by Dolores O’Riordan, Vice President for Global Engagement, UCD. The 1st parallel forum, Energy Safe and Development in Europe, was moderated by Xu Qinhua, Vice Dean of NADS. The 2nd parallel forum, Energy Accessibility and Climate Finance Collaboration was moderated by Wang Ke, Associate Professor of the School of Environment, RUC, and Researcher of RUC Institute of Carbon Peaking and Carbon Neutrality and RUC Institute for Europe-Asia Studies. The 3rd parallel forum, Technology Transfer and Capacity Building Collaboration for Developing Countries, was moderated by Ruairi Quinn, former Minister for Education and Skills, ICI board member. Besides, Robert H. T Zhao, Editor-in-Chief of Bio Nexthyopthesis, Imperial College London was the moderator for Climate Change and Green Economy-College Students Roundtable.

Other participants included Lorenzo Fioramont, former Italian Minister of State for Education and founding Director of Surrey’s Institute for Sustainability, Li Jinyuan, founding Director of National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation and Executive Council Member of China Energy Research Society, Xie Yuhong, Vice Chair and Secretary General, Sawako Shirahase, Senior Vice-Rector of United Nations University, Liu Yuanchun, President of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and former Vice President of Renmin University of China, Hai-Sui Yu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Leeds, Li Jinyuan, Vice President, Shanxi Vocational University of Engineering Science and Technology, John Hearn, former Executive Chairman of WUN and Chairman of AAUN, Michael Williamson, section Chief of Energy Division, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Pradeep Monga, former Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNCCD and Director UNIDO, etc.

The Forum, in the form of a video conference, brought together representatives from international organizations, governments, think tanks, universities and enterprises to have a frank and in-depth exchange and discussion on topics such as energy security and development in Europe, energy accessibility and climate finance cooperation, sustainable technology transfer and capacity building cooperation to developing countries, climate change and green economy. The Forum also put forward opinions and suggestions on accelerating the transition to a green economy and climate cooperation between China and Europe. For the first time, roundtables for presidents and young students were set up in this forum.

As the challenges of climate change and energy security are becoming increasingly severe for all humans today, it is crucial for China and Europe to cooperate to advance action programs. To this end, the China-Europe Climate Cooperation Forum provides a platform and will be held as an annual high-end forum in December.

This year's forum was broadcasted on October 13th at 4 pm Beijing time on iFeng.