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20 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Why does the Fortune Global Sustainability Forum favour Yunnan?

Yunnan Daily
Why does the Fortune Global Sustainability Forum favour Yunnan?
Discussions during the forum Photo from Yunnan Daily

" Yunnan holds a special position in global sustainable development. The provincial government has intensified sustainability efforts in recent years, which have achieved remarkable results," said Fortune Media Group CEO Alan Murray at the closing ceremony of the inaugural Fortune Global Sustainability Forum. The Forum was held by Fuxian Lake in central Yunnan's Yuxi, from September 4th to 6th.

More than 300 attendees joined the Fortune Global Sustainability Forum, which was themed Green Grows Up: Forging A New Environmental Consensus. The attendees conducted fruitful discussions concerning green energy, agricultural innovation, biodiversity, green development, waste collection and disposal and more.

The Fortune Global Forum is one of the most prestigious and influential forums in the world. We wonder why it chose Yunnan as the site for its first sustainability forum.

In an interview prior to the forum, Alan Murray said that Fortune had an optimistic view on the province's basic sustainability advantages and its proximity to South and Southeast Asia.

Yunnan is a world-class tourist destination, a frontier of China's reform and opening up policy and a hub for South and Southeast Asia. It is rich in natural resources such as non-ferrous metals, flowers, tea, rubber and herbal medicine. The varying climate, the unique highland ecosystems, the great biodiversity and splendid ethnic minority cultures make it an ideal place for leisure, wellness and sightseeing.

Recently, in pursuit of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, Yunnan has made progress in developing an ecological society, and picked up speed in building a modern industrial system with unique characteristics. Yunnan is poised to become the most beautiful province in the country.

What Yunnan is doing and how it presents itself to the world aligns well with global sustainability goals. Therefore, Fortune has chosen to hold its first global sustainability forum here in Yunnan.

After a number of field studies and exchanges, attendees were won over by the advantages of Yunnan's beautiful ecosystems, abundant natural resources and unique geography. These are favourable conditions for sustainability, they believe. In terms of sustainable development, Yunnan has come a long way in recent years and promises great potential for the future.

Alan Murray has pointed out that the newly established China (Yunnan) Free Trade Pilot Zone will further promote sustainable development in the province. "Yunnan is the gateway of China's opening up to South and Southeast Asia. Trade facilitation will play a key role in its sustainable development," he said.

 

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Fuxian Lake in Yunnan offers breathtaking scenery and beautiful ecosystems. It is an ideal site for the forum and a perfect place to discuss sustainability.

——Alan Murray, Fortune Media Group CEO

Yunnan is geographically close to India and other South Asian countries. As such, we can facilitate more exchanges regarding sustainability. In particular, we can explore win-win cooperation opportunities in managing water resources and improving the living standards in rural areas.

——Aditi Mukherji from the International Water Management Institute

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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