International group praises green revival
A high-level international advisory body applauded China’s efforts to improve the environment and suggested a 15-year strategy against pollution in a draft recommendation report on Dec 11. China has made building an ecological civilization an important goal and has taken comprehensive measures to improve the environment. This has brought positive results, including improved air quality, Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli said when chairing the annual meeting of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, a high-level international advisory body. Like Zhang, Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, said he was impressed by China’s achievements regarding its environment in recent years, in particular curbing much of the smog problem. His praise of China’s approaches to move toward being an ecological civilization won wide support from other members of the environmental council, which includes senior officials and experts from home and abroad.