Green Economy Research Fellowship launched in Beijing

By Jiao Meng
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UNEP Green Economy Research Fellowship Program for Central Asia and Mongolia was launched Monday in Beijing, aiming to enhance the capacity of developing countries on Green Economy and the exchange between China and the other developing countries.

Mr. Zhang Shigang, the UNEP's representative in China, delivered a welcoming speech on a workshop discussing Green Economy in Central Asia and Mongolia held Monday in Beijing. [Photo by Jiao Meng /] 

On a workshop discussing Green Economy in Central Asia and Mongolia, as the launching ceremony of this program, experts and fellows explored Green Economy policies and practices in China, Central Asia and Mongolia, trying to learn from each other's best practices in this field.

Funded by UNEP China Trust Fund, it is one of the themed areas on Green Economy especially for Central Asian countries for sharing the knowledge and experience. It will enhance the research capacity of fellows in the area of green economy and ecological civilization and exchange experience of each country, with the special focus on green investment.

The fellowship is co-organized with UNEP Green Economy team, with the collaboration of the Green Development Institute at Beijing Normal University and China Centre for SCO Environmental Cooperation (CSEC) for implementation. A 6-week training program will be organized in Beijing.

Under the tutoring of Mr. John D. Shilling, seven research fellows from China, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz,Tajikistan will conduct workshops, field visits to cities in China with good green economy practices and meeting with key stakeholders including government, academia, enterprises, international organizations and local NGOs and a high-level policy dialogue roundtable.

Mr. Zhang Shigang, the UNEP's representative in China, said that since UNEP launched its Green Economy Initiative in 2008, almost 70 countries have begun to investigate or implement inclusive Green Economy policies, including some of your own countries, and there is growing international consensus on the benefits of such approaches. Indeed, sustainable development is at the forefront of the post-2015 global development agenda, with the creation of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, and inclusive Green Economy has been recognized as an important tool to achieve them.

He believed it's high time to start this project as development in Central Asia is expected to increase rapidly in the near future. "Institutions and mechanisms such as the New Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Development Bank, and China’s Silk Road Infrastructure Fund offer valuable new sources of development financing, and it will be crucial that governments have access to sector-specific information and assessments that will help them to design and implement policy frameworks that will ensure that the investments are used to establish resource-efficient, low-carbon, and socially inclusive economic structures. Despite having already undertaken national studies and designed concepts and strategies at the national level, a Green Economy assessment from a regional perspective has not yet been undertaken, " he explained.

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