Sino-Italian collaboration promotes sustainable development in Guangzhou

2021-Apr-16       Source:

On April 15th, an event entitled "Italian Research Day: Sino-Italian Collaboration toward a Greener Future" was successfully held in Guangzhou, aiming to underline the importance of global sustainabil

On April 15th, an event entitled "Italian Research Day: Sino-Italian Collaboration toward a Greener Future" was successfully held in Guangzhou, aiming to underline the importance of global sustainability.

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Experts and enterprise representatives from both China and Italy attended the event to share the development and scientific payoffs in the fields of green economy as well as green science and technology. Roberto Donà, Professor in Xi'An Jiaotong Liverpool University, Margot Song, Chairman of the SGIUR Program, and Guylaine Mayuba, Sales Operations Manager of Magniflex delivered themed speeches to share their views on green economy and global sustainability.

Meanwhile, a roundtable discussion was held, where professionals and practitioners shared information on the development and projects, and explored opportunities for cooperation in green economy and green technology between Guangzhou, China and Italy. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Denis Bastieri, East Asia representative of SMACT Competence Center and a professor in the University of Padua.

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During the event, Guangzhou International Cooperation Center worked with organizations and companies that have advanced technologies in sustainable and green development to display environmentally-friendly materials and cutting-edge products in the fields of air purification, wastewater treatment, food storage and bioplastics.

The event was co-hosted by Guangzhou International Cooperation Center, Consulate General of the Republic of Italy in Guangzhou, and SMACT Competence Center, and was attended by representatives and professionals from the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal Government, Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Bureau, and Guangzhou Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation.

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The Italian Research Day is held every year on April 15th, the anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci, to honor the research achievements and contribution of Italian researchers and scientists. It is organized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and the Ministry of Health. This was the first time for Guangzhou International Cooperation Center and the Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou to join hands in holding this event to promote the idea of green development.

Last month, the official website of the United Nations recently released Guangzhou's Voluntary Local Reviews (VLR) which discloses the city's measures to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is the first time the website has released VLR from a Chinese city. In the report, Guangzhou shares its experience to achieve SDGs including quality education, clean water and sanitation, industry, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable cities and communities, and life on land through its report.

Related news: UN's website releases Guangzhou's report on sustainable development for first time

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