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China announces donation to UNEP at Rio+20 Summit - A Portion of the pledged amount to strengthen South-South Cooperation
The Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, announced that the Government of China would contribute $6 million to support UNEP in promoting sustainable development. This announcement was made at the recently concluded UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Summit) held from 20th to 22nd June 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The $6 million donation would be disbursed in three tranches to the UNEP trust fund for projects and activities that help developing countries raise capacity for environmental management and sustainable development.

Chinese government officials later clarified that a portion of the $6 million donation would be used to strengthen UNEP’s South-South Cooperation (SSC) initiatives. UNEP recently launched the SSC Exchange Mechanism which aims to enhance access to information, best practices, methodologies, advisory services and training opportunities for improved environmental stewardship and sustainable development among countries of the global South.

South-South Cooperation was also highlighted in the Rio+20 Final Outcome Document, ‘The Future We Want’. The document which was endorsed by Heads of State and Government called for enhanced capacity building and strengthening of technical and scientific cooperation through South-South, North-South and Triangular cooperation. The Premier’s announcement demonstrates that China is taking steps in this direction.

The Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, announced that the Government of China would contribute $6 million to support UNEP in promoting sustainable development. This announcement was made at the recently concluded UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Summit) held from 20th to 22nd June 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The $6 million donation would be disbursed in three tranches to the UNEP trust fund for projects and activities that help developing countries raise capacity for environmental management and sustainable development.

Chinese government officials later clarified that a portion of the $6 million donation would be used to strengthen UNEP’s South-South Cooperation (SSC) initiatives. UNEP recently launched the SSC Exchange Mechanism which aims to enhance access to information, best practices, methodologies, advisory services and training opportunities for improved environmental stewardship and sustainable development among countries of the global South.

South-South Cooperation was also highlighted in the Rio+20 Final Outcome Document, ‘The Future We Want’. The document which was endorsed by Heads of State and Government called for enhanced capacity building and strengthening of technical and scientific cooperation through South-South, North-South and Triangular cooperation. The Premier’s announcement demonstrates that China is taking steps in this direction.





   
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