On 25th January 2022, Online International Conference on "China’s Green Transformation: Efforts to Mitigate Common Challenges with a Shared Approach" was held. The conference was organized by Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future jointly established with Communication University of China (CUC), Beijing, China
The online international conference discussed China’s advanced policy initiatives for green transformation. The conference also integrated national and international experts to provide suggestions to counter common threats with a shared approach vis-à-vis learning from successful Chinese model.
Dr. Fazal ur Rehman, Director, Pakistan Institute of China Studies, University of Sargodha enlightened the audience on Community with a shared future: A grand narrative to enhance cooperation in evolving world. He explained the objectives of community with shared future for shared responsibilities and benefits. He stated that the international community needs to adopt a collective systematic approach to deal with emerging problems such as climate change. The grand narrative of the community of shared future is to enhance the international cooperation. Moreover, it also seeks to enhance the prospects for cultural connectivity and harmony. He appreciated China’s initiative of BRI, as it is not just beneficial for China but form all the member states especially developing countries. While concluding his speech, Dr Fazal stated that the international world needs to understand the initiative of China that aims for greater connectivity and international cooperation to mitigate the emerging issues.
Dr. Kanwar Javed, Senior Policy Researcher, National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) gave a detailed presentation on a Strategic Path for the Goal of Clean-Green World and Low-Carbon Energy: Tackling environmental challenges. He categorized the environmental security concerns into three aspects i.e., adverse impact of human activities on environment, effects on national & regional security and insecurity of individual groups. He stated that today environmental threat are the most concerned transnational issue issues that may lead to conflicts. He also discussed the environmental strategies of different regions, i.e., South Asia, Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Middle East and North Africa. While enlightening the audience, Dr. Kanwar stated that the road map to deal with the emerging environmental changes needs to improve existing environmental governance framework and adopt emissions reduction strategies.
Mr. Zhang Suqiu, Deputy Professor, Institute for a Community with Shared Future (ICSF), Beijing, China shared his expert opinion on the topic green growth in China: Advance policies and plans for mitigating Climate change. He commenced his presentation by explaining that how environmental change pose a significant threat to international world today. He stated that in last few decades, the number of natural disasters like hurricanes, earth quakes, floods have increased. In this aspect, the community of shared future is an important initiative of Chinese government for the common benefit. Prof. Zhang further explained that international community is trying to make an effort to cope with the emerging environmental changes and making a huge transformation in energy transformation and low carbon industrialization. He discussed that China has adopted policies/plans to deal with climate change. The country is promoting green designs, strengthening industrial clean production, promoting clean energy development etc.
Dr. Faheem Akhter, Assistant Professor, NED University of Engineering and Technology (HEC Approved PhD Supervisor), Karachi explained Prospects for global cooperation under a shared approach: Way forward to resolve emerging Non-traditional security threats. He stated that being the immediate neighbors, Pakistan and China face similar traditional and nontraditional threats security threats. Thus, Non-traditional security challenges must be countered with a shared approach like Community with shared future. In this aspect, all regional countries must play an active role and join hands for shared prosperity. Dr. Faheem suggested that for clean and green transformation in Pakistan, recycling waste materials and water preservation strategies are the important steps that needs to be taken.
Ms. Li Zhe, Institute for a Community with Shared Future (ICSF), China Analyzed China’s Renewable Energy Matrix: A Great Option for Clean and Green Environment. She gave her expert remarks that in this contemporary time for sustainable development, environmental awareness is important. Countries are making progress in economic development, however there are many environmental problems. She explained that today the climate problems such as global warming and depletion of ozone layer are transcending into states boundaries. Thus, environment and Climate change awareness is significant under a community with shared future. While giving her speech, Ms. Li Zhe stated that China has been doing extraordinary work in transforming towards renewable energy to tackle CO2 emissions and climate change. She suggested that the world must move to renewable energy to protect the environment with a shared approach.
The online international event was moderated by Ms. Maryam Raza, Deputy Director, Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future, CUC, Beijing, China. The conference was attended by 65 participants and was viewed live on various social media platforms.