The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the China Energy Fund Committee organised a high-level panel and luncheon on sustainable urbanisation in China on 8 July 2014. Members participated in a lively discussion about China’s new urbanisation.
China is experiencing an unprecedented pace of urbanisation. The implementation of new urbanisation policies will greatly increase market size and create economic growth, such as trade and investment for the entire world. In this process, China can contribute to global environmental protection and climate change. China’s experience can also enrich the global collective experience of urbanisation. Content of the panel discussion and the radio reports can be found at the following links: http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/chinese/archives/208530/.
After reading the above piece and the source piece (中国新型可持续城镇化发展之路在联合国得到推广), I came across this set of photos in today’s Guardian: Caofeidian, the Chinese eco-city that became a ghost town, at http://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2014/jul/23/caofeidian-chinese-eco-city-ghost-town-in-pictures. The contrast can’t stop me from seeing the hollowness of what the UN folks are trying to do. It is rather unfortunate.