Ren Hongbin, Vice Chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) and Board member of UNGC, and Siddharth Chatterjee, the United Nations Resident Coordinator to China, attend the official launching of the UNGC's Report Corporate Net Zero Pathway and Multi-stakeholder High-level Roundtable in Beijing on July 27. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
On July 27, 2021, Ren Hongbin, Vice Chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) and Board member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), attended and delivered a speech at the launching ceremony of the UNGC's Report Corporate Net Zero Pathway and Multi-stakeholder High-level Roundtable in Beijing.
Siddharth Chatterjee, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to China, attended and addressed the event. Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General of the Climate Action Team of the UN, and Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of UNGC, delivered speeches via video link.
Ren pointed out that as an important platform within the UN system to interact with enterprises, UNGC has been committed to promoting enterprises across the globe to fulfill social responsibility and achieve sustainable development, adding that the official launching of the Report Corporate Net Zero Pathway will provide useful reference for Chinese enterprises and their foreign counterparts to achieve carbon neutrality. He also said that since the goal of carbon peak and neutrality was put forward, SASAC and central state-owned enterprises (SOEs) responded actively and acted quickly. SASAC is formulating guidelines to push central SOEs to peak carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality, giving full play to the role of the state-owned economy as a strategic support for the green industrial transformation and upgrading.
Prior to the event, Ren had a courtesy meeting with Chatterjee on topics including Chinese central SOEs' green and low-carbon cooperation in Africa. Chatterjee lauded the efforts and contribution made by Chinese enterprises in tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development and said that the UN will strengthen cooperation with SASAC and central SOEs in green and low-carbon development.
(Executive editor: Hao Wen)