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Dialogue on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

February 28, 2022

The New Zealand China Council (NZCC) and the China Development Institute (CDI) recently held a joint virtual dialogue on climate change and sustainable development.

The dialogue included two sessions “Net-zero emissions strategies” and “Green transportation”. 12 experts from NZ and China shared climate change policies from their respective countries, practical experiences in electrifying public transportation, challenges and future outlooks for sustainable development.

The organisations these experts represent include: the New Zealand Climate Change Commission, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Finance, Auckland City Council, the University of Auckland, the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, the Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Shenzhen Bus Group, and the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design.

“The ultimate purpose of such a dialogue is to identify areas for cooperation and collaboration between New Zealand and China, which will assist both countries to achieve respective climate targets.“ said John McKinnon, Chair of the New Zealand China Council, “New Zealand and China are both active in global efforts to tackle climate change and have a proven track record of working together on environment issues. There is a complementarity to what New Zealand and China can offer one another. We hope the dialogue paves way for future cooperation between China and New Zealand.”

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