[Abstract] On June 19, 2011, the 4th World Economic and Environmental Conference (the 4th WEC), supported by the United Nations, co-organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA), supported by Qingdao Municipal People’s Government, was launched in Qingdao. It was a grand international meeting with profound social influence.
Abulaiti Abudurexiti, vice chairman of CPPCC, pointed out: Climate change is one of the most severe challenges humanity faces in the 21th century. WEC, founded in 2008, aims at advocating various countries to transform towards a green ecological development mode, cooperating with all walks of life, to jointly respond to climate change and deteriorating environmental problems in the course of human activities and economic development, via joint efforts and WEC platform, actively perform environmental protection mission and responsibility, and pay more contributions to economic transformation and low-carbon development.
Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, made high appraisal on WEC 2011: the conference will send a strong message to the preparatory process for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). Its title “Low-Carbon Mission during Economic Transition Development” is very proper and practical.
Edmond Alphandéry, Former French Minister of Economy, Chairman of Euro50 Group, pointed out: The 4th World Economic and Environmental Conference is an event of utmost importance, I strongly support this conference, I think very useful that we all discuss the problems created by carbon emissions mainly on climate change and that we debate at the international level the solutions that can be put forward. This initiative is therefore most welcome.