Chengdu’s Experience of Green Growth Praised by UNESCO Official

Authors: Jeo Xia

2018-06-15

The 12th annual meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was held June 12-15 in Krakow and Katowice, Poland.
The event was themed "Creative Crosscroads," and built on the idea of cross-sector cooperation among the UCCN members.
The opening ceremony saw the attendance of more than 350 delegates representing the 180 UCCN members from 72 countries across the globe, including 40 mayors. Mr. Ernesto Renato Ottone Ramirez, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, when addressing the ceremony, expressed his appreciation to Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, for its strong support to the organization and great practice of sustainable development.
Mr. Ernesto Renato Ottone Ramirez addresses the opening ceremony of the 12th annual meeting of UCCN
At the meeting, a delegate from Chengdu made a presentation on the city's "Eat. Clean. Care." initiative, and shared its experience of eco-energy retrofit in the catering industry.
A delegate from Chengdu shares the city's practice of green development at the 12th annual meeting of UCCN
Chengdu, having long been troubled by the environmental pollution in the catering industry, launched a city-wide eco-energy retrofit program a couple of years ago. Through the common efforts of local governments at different levels and industry practitioners, so far, most local restaurants have used clean fuel.
After the opening ceremony, Mr. Ramirez received an exclusive interview with gochengdu.cn, a major city portal website on Chengdu. He spoke highly of Chengdu's effort and achievement in the sustainable development, from which other cities can learn a lot.
"Chengdu contributes remarkable experience to the world which is highly helpful for the cities in South America and South Africa," said Mr. Ramirez.
He also expressed his great interest in what else Chengdu had done to improve its environment and ecosystem. He has planned to visit the city in August or September, he said.
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