NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The interim secretariat to manage the
China-Africa environmental cooperation center was launched on
Friday at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya.
Joyce Msuya, deputy
executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
, said the China-Africa environment cooperation center, when
operational, will revitalize inclusive and green growth in
“The center is a
platform for South-South cooperation to protect our environment
and boost China-Africa cooperation,” Msuya remarked, adding that
the center will boost Africa’s quest for economic prosperity
that is ecologically sensitive.
to Kenya Sun Baohong, senior Kenyan officials and members of the
diplomatic corps witnessed the launch of the Interim Secretariat
for the China-Africa Environmental Cooperation Center.
It is hoped that the
center will act as a hub for capacity building and sharing of
best practices between China and African countries to advance UN
2030 goals linked to environment.
Sun revealed that
China has already allocated 1 million U.S. dollars to support
key operations of the center that will serve as a hub for
environmental policy interaction and dialogue, training and
Chinese Minister of
Ecology and Environment Li Ganjie, in a congratulatory letter
read on his behalf by Liu Ning, deputy permanent representative
to the UNEP, said China is committed to helping Africa realize
“China will share
with African friends the concepts and experiences in our
ecological progress and environmental protection, promote mutual
communication and cooperation, and jointly address global
environmental challenges,” said Li.
Beyene Russom, the
dean of the African Diplomatic Corps said he was optimistic that
China-Africa environment cooperation center will catalyze green
development in the continent.