Chinese enterprises join in Rio+20 Earth Summit

Twenty-one private enterprises from China will join in China Going Green Dialogues as a partof the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Developmentknown as Rio+20, that will come inJune in Rio De JaneiroBrazil.

The Chinese enterprises – including real estate giants such as Vanke and VantoneEsquelGroup from the textile industry in Hong Kongand the community supported organic farm LittleDonkey in Beijing – were selected by the SEE FoundationShan Shui Conservation Center andGreenovation Huball active environmental NGOs in China.

Hosted by the United Nations Environment Programmethe China Going Green Dialogues area series of events that will answer the call for a global revolution toward green and sustainabledevelopment modelsThe events are expected to fuel substantive breakthroughs in supplychain managementgreenhouse gas quantificationeco-friendly technology and cleanmanufacturing.

At the Rio+20 Conferenceworld leaders and thousands of participants from governmentstheprivate sectorNGOs and other groups will come together to make plans to reduce poverty,advance social equity and ensure environmental protection with the aim of securing a livablefuture on the ever more crowded planet.

Representatives from the UN and international and Chinese NGOs will join some of Chinaskey enterprise leaders in a number of forums on June 17 and 18 at Rio+20.

Discussions will offer a view on the present and future state of green economies in China.

Sun Shanexecutive director of Shan Shui Conservation Centersaid: “The growth of Chinasgreen economies has just startedWe hope Rio+20 will offer the international community awindow into how China is taking action from the ground up.”

Simultaneouslythe events will profile the diversity of Chinese grassroots organizations in their20 years of developmentas well as the innovative green practices that are emerging out ofChinas economic and social growth.

An increasing number of companies are taking interest in Rio+20 and looking for ways todeliver their commitment to help China go greenRio+20 will present an opportunity forChinese businesses and entrepreneurs to exchange experiences with peers from around theworldto share expectations of and a mutual faith towards the future of green economies.

Taking the themeGreen Economy“, Rio+20 aims to hasten a global revolution in economicdevelopmentUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called itone of the most importantconferences in the history of the United Nations“.

The first UN Conference on Environment and Development held in 1992 in Rio – from there,the name Rio+20 – made great strides in initiating dialogue on how to tackle the degradation ofthe environmentIt was at that conference that the conceptsustainable development” wasproposed.

In 1992, China sent a government delegation to participate in the conferenceNow ChineseNGOs will represent the new face of the country at Rio+20, which will be the first global summiton sustainable development attended by Chinese entrepreneurs.

In additionChinas rapidly growing philanthropic sector and non-public funding foundationsare bringing more possibilities for Chinese NGOs to engage in environmental issues andexpand their partnership with the corporate sector.

Our purpose is not only to learnbut also to give something backto step onto this globalstage at Rio and carry homeback to Chinaa commitment,” said Feng Lunchairman ofVantonealso chairman of SEE Foundationpledging that the foundation wouldin next fiveyearshelp 500 environmental NGOs with no less than 500 million yuan ($78.8 million).

Article originally appeared in China Daily.

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