An interim secretariat that oversees running of this center
serving as a hub for robust China-Africa cooperation to advance
the green agenda was launched in August this year.
said operationalization of the center will facilitate transfer
of skills, technology and expertise required to tackle threats
to ecological sustainability in the world’s second largest
"The idea is to establish a platform for transfer of Chinese
technology into Africa and also technologies from other parts of
the world," said Solheim.
"So if China can help Africa move rapidly into solar, that
would be a great opportunity.
"If China can help Africa manage its waste that is a good
opportunity," he added.
The UNEP chief said African countries can tap into electric
mobility that has a strong foothold in China to address
pollution in their rapidly growing cities.
Solheim noted that the FOCAC summit will provide a platform
for African countries to learn from China’s concept of
ecological civilization and possibly replicate it at home as
they embark on their quest to promote environment-friendly
"There is a lot China can offer to Africa, to drive green
development of this continent.
"The ecological civilization that started in China can also
be embraced by the rest of the world and Africa to lead us into
a future where environment and development can co-exist," said
He said China’s success in protection of pandas and waste
management offers valuable lessons to African countries in their
bid to strengthen conservation of endangered species and tackle
pollution in burgeoning cities.
The UNEP chief stressed that China’s global environmental
stewardship will be key to sustaining the fight against climate
change and protection of vital ecosystems in Africa.