Botanical group told of green planet ambitions
lization, with the aim of building a beautiful country.
It also will make international exchanges and cooperation on scientific research of plants to safeguard Earth, he said.
The IBC, known as the Olympics of botany, is held every six years and is the world’s top-level academic event in the field. This is the first time the 117-year-old international event is being held in a developing country.
Xi said the IBC plays an important role in promoting the development of plant science globally. He called on experts and scholars attending the congress to increase exchanges and dialogue, advocate for people to care for plants and for the future so as to make positive contributions to green development and the greater protection of biological diversity.
Premier Li Keqiang said in a signed message to the congress that just holding the IBC in Shenzhen is important to promote industry exchanges between China and other countries and to enhance the level of research around the world on plant life.
The Chinese government has made “commendable” efforts to preserve the environment and to build a better future, said Peter H. Raven, honorary president of the IBC 2017.
Contestants compete in the Siege Master match in the finals of the RoboCom Adolescents Challenge of the World Robot Contest 2017 in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Monday. The challenge included more than 1,000 teams and 5,000 people from across the country.