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UN officials praise China's eco-protection achievements

2024-06-07 14:30 Last Updated At:17:07

China has achieved inspiring and remarkable outcomes in environmental protection, said UN officials on Wednesday, also World Environment Day.

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday hosted World Environment Day 2024 under the theme "Our land, Our future," with a focus on land preservation and drought resilience.

Inger Andersen, UN under-secretary-general and executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said China has actively fulfilled its commitments and made remarkable achievements in the field of environmental protection, from fighting carbon emissions to restoring its wildlife.

"China has really stepped up in a number of ways on environmental management, stewardship and frankly leadership. I was just in China last week, as a matter of fact, and during that time I saw the the commitment that China has on biodiversity. Frankly, China has been holding the presidency for the biodiversity convention COP15 for six years. When I was in Beijing last week, China also put serious money on the table by launching the Kunming Biodiversity Fund. China has very ambitious land restoration targets. Of course, let's not forget that China was the host of the desertification conventions a few years back. So I think it's important to say that China is doing a lot on the nature side, on the desertification side, as well as on the climate side. So that, I would say, is something that is very impressive," said Andersen.

In October 2021, China announced the establishment of the Kunming Biodiversity Fund and took the lead by investing 1.5 billion yuan (around 210 million U.S. dollars) in the fund during the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, also known as COP15, in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan Province. It was announced that the fund would be used to support biodiversity protection in developing countries.

Siddharth Chatterjee, UN resident coordinator in China, said China has made exceptional progress in environmental projects such as the Shan-Shui Project and the renewable energy project in the Kubuqi Desert in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The Shan-Shui Initiative, which translates to "Mountains and Rivers", was recognized as a World Restoration Flagship at the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, Canada in December 2022. This ambitious initiative combines 75 large-scale projects to restore ecosystems, from mountains to coastal estuaries, across the world's most populous nation.

"China has been carrying out large-scale ecological restoration projects, which have achieved remarkable results. The launch of the UN Decade for Ecosystems Restoration has also seen China contribute to this cause. This includes the Shan-Shui Initiative," said Chatterjee.

UN officials praise China's eco-protection achievements

UN officials praise China's eco-protection achievements

UN officials praise China's eco-protection achievements

UN officials praise China's eco-protection achievements

UN officials praise China's eco-protection achievements

UN officials praise China's eco-protection achievements

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Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

2024-07-19 22:05 Last Updated At:22:57

A sewing workshop has been operating in ruins to mend worn-out clothes for displaced Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, as Israel's continuous destruction of the enclave has made new clothes a luxury almost impossible to come by or afford.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Gaza said in early July that a total of 1.9 million people, around 80 percent of the region's population, were displaced.

However, in a room behind demolished walls in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, a sewing workshop has quietly been set up, with some workers using sewing machines recovered from a bombed-out tailoring workshop to provide mending services.

"I opened the workshop after I was able to recover the sewing machines and some fabric from the old factory. I work to serve all the displaced people of the Gaza Strip, such as people from the al-Mawasi area in Khan Younis and the Nuseirat [refugee camp]," said Abu Samer Shaat, the workshop owner.

The prolonged and intense Israel-Hamas conflict has forced a great number of Gazan families to flee from one place to another. Due to the continuous destruction of their homes and shelters, all they left were the clothes they wear.

Shops, markets and factories were turned into rubble as a result of the Israeli bombing, and the surviving trading sites in Gaza also suffer a shortage of clothes and fabrics due to Israel's ban on entry of goods and materials.

"Our clothes became loose. We had to take them to tailors to mend them as they had become worn out. There are no new clothes in the market. If there are a few, the prices will be very high, and we will not be able to buy them because we do not have any source of income. Our entire lives have come to a halt," said Hoda Al-Maghari, a displaced Palestinian.

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

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