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Europe – Asia Center

Europe – Asia Center: H.E. Erik Solheim in high-level dialogue with China’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, H.E. Ambassador Liu Zhenmin

Brussels, March 15th, 2024

His Excellency Erik Solheim, Co-Chair of the Europe-Asia Center, engaged in fruitful discussions with His Excellency Ambassador Liu Zhenmin, China’s newly appointed Special Envoy for Climate Change, during his recent visit to China, marking a significant moment in international climate diplomacy. The meeting, held in Beijing, provided a platform to address pressing climate-related issues and to foster dialogue on the future of EU-China climate cooperation.

Mr. Solheim extended warm congratulations to his long-time colleague Mr. Liu on his new role, expressing confidence in China’s climate diplomacy under his leadership. Shared concerns regarding the pace of progress towards fulfilling the Paris Agreement were discussed, with both parties reaffirming their commitment to achieving tangible results in line with the Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Discussions spanned a range of topics, including the climate roadmap towards the upcoming Baku conference, China’s leadership in green energy, and the transformative potential of hydropower and hydrogen in conjunction with solar and wind energy solutions.

Mr. Solheim’s steadfast advocacy for multi-stakeholder engagement and the strong involvement of the private sector and civil society in the global struggle against climate change was not only discussed but demonstrated in practice, with the active participation of Europe – Asia Center’s Secretary General Rui Yan and delegations from the International Hydropower Association and Green Hydrogen Organization.

The high-level dialogue underscores the paramount importance of nurturing diplomatic and societal ties between the EU and China, reflecting a shared commitment to fostering resilient and mutually beneficial partnerships – in the field of climate change and beyond.

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Matic Gajšek, Director for Europe, Europe – Asia Center


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