XI: CHINA WILL TURN MORE DESERTS GREEN

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China will con­tinue to pur­sue green devel­op­ment, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said in a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter to the Sev­enth Kubuqi In­ter­na­tional Desert Fo­rum on Saturday. China has placed great em­pha­sis on build­ing an eco­log­i­cal civil­i­sa­tion and made great head­way in the pre­ven­tion and con­trol of de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion, Mr Xi said in the let­ter to the open­ing cer­e­mony to the two-day fo­rum, which was held in Or­dos, the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

World to see China’s ex­pe­ri­ence in en­vi­ron­men­tal treat­ment

Con­tain­ing de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion in the Kubuqi Desert al­lows the world to see China’s ex­pe­ri­ence in en­vi­ron­men­tal treat­ment as well as the coun­try pro­gress­ing to­ward the United Na­tions 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment goals, he said, adding that China ac­tively pro­moted align­ment between in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion on the Belt and Road Initiative and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda.

“The Earth is the only home to hu­man be­ings and anti-de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion is a great cause closely re­lated to hu­man devel­op­ment,” Mr Xi said. “China also stands ready to work with all sides to push for­ward global en­vi­ron­men­tal gov­er­nance and pro­tec­tion, and con­trib­ute to mak­ing the world a place with a well-pre­served ecol­ogy.”

To im­ple­ment the agenda, Mr Xi called for con­certed ef­forts from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to en­hance co-op­er­a­tion in com­bat­ing de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion and pro­mote global en­vi­ron­men­tal gov­er­nance.

UN con­grat­u­lates China’s ef­forts

An­to­nio Guter­res, secretary-gen­eral of the United Na­tions, sent a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter to the fo­rum in which he com­mended China for its enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to the gov­er­nance of ecol­ogy and the en­vi­ron­ment. He said that the fo­rum is an op­por­tu­nity to share suc­cess sto­ries in and beyond China.

China is a coun­try that has been threat­ened by the en­croach­ments of deserts.

The coun­try has the world’s largest area of desert, cov­er­ing 2.61 mil­lion square kilo­me­tres, ac­count­ing for a quar­ter of its to­tal land. “How­ever, China is also the coun­try that wit­nessed the mir­a­cle of turn­ing sandy land into green land.

“As the world’s big­gest con­trib­u­tor to the in­crease of planted forests, China has achieved the UN goal of stop­ping de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­pan­sion by 2030,” said Vice-Premier Sun Chun­lan at the fo­rum.

Mr Sun also an­nounced China’s anti-de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion goal, which is to bring half the coun­try’s re­versible desert land un­der con­trol by next year and turn all re­versible desert land into green land by 2050.

Photo: Xinhua

An aerial drone catches Qix­ing Lake Re­sort in the Kubuqi Desert, Or­dos, the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

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