China: Green Economy Week

PAGE China Workshop on Green Development was partnered with University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and Nanjing University (NJU) and hosted a series of educational events across five days. The events provided a platform for mutual learning, international knowledge sharing and exchange between PAGE international experts and agencies, and local stakeholders, on various aspects of Green Development. 

The gathering was held in Suzhou, a major economic focal point of trade and commerce in China and hosted representatives from Chinese central and local government, partner UN agencies, research institutes, trade unions and enterprises and others.

2 — 4 December

Aworkshop on Eco Industrial Parks (EIP) was conducted by UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in order to better exemplify good practices and to provide training to policy professionals and industrial park managers. Abu Saieed, green industry expert from UNIDO, Ziwei Yang from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Zhiming Wang, Deputy Director of Suzhou Municipal Bureau of Commerce, and Tim Scott, member of PAGE management board from UN Development Programme, gave the opening remarks. The 2.5-day workshop brought together policymakers, park administrators, business representatives and scholars, to train, share and discuss practical EIP tools, techniques and industrial symbiosis opportunities in greening the industrial parks in China and aboard.

4 — 6 December

Back to back with the EIP workshop, a learning workshop on Green Jobs led by the International Labor Organization (ILO) took place, including a field trip to Suzhou Industrial Park. Dr. Cristina Martinez, senior expert from ILO, Prof. Libin Zhang from Chinese Academy of Labor and Social Security of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MoHRSS), and Professor Yabin Wu, Executive Dean of the Research Institute of Global Value Chain (RIGVC) of UIBE kicked off this workshop. The workshop fostered a ‘Social Dialogue’, a participatory approach with facilitation techniques and tripartite role-plays, among Industrial Park managers, government, employers, workers and academia on the promotion of gender equality, Green Jobs and the application of the Just Transition Guidelines in the management and implementation of the green transition processes. By assessing the need and formulating possible projects or activities, it explored cooperation possibilities to promote Green Jobs for Inclusive Green Economies in not only Jiangsu but possible replication in other provinces throughout China.

The final workshop on 6 December was an expert consultation seminar on Green Economy Progress (GEP) measurement framework of Jiangsu and Fujian Province at provincial and municipal levels, jointly organized by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Nanjing University (NJU). Fulai Sheng, senior economist from UNEP, Prof. Ming Hua, deputy director of Science and Technology Department of NJU and Dr. Yong Wang from Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE) of Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) conducted the welcome remarks. After an introduction of GEP project background, original design of GEP methodology, evaluation results, a simple display of the database website, experts from research institutions and government departments elaborated on the preliminary analysis results of GEP in Jiangsu and Fujian, and explored a long-term cooperation among institutions and agencies, e.g. Fujian Normal University, to promote GEP measurement framework.