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International climate change mission launches at Tsinghua University

By Zou Shuo | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-03-17 20:36

The International Joint Mission on Climate Change and Carbon Neutrality was officially launched at Tsinghua University on Tuesday, demonstrating its commitment to environmental protection.

During the event, Tsinghua inaugurated a green-style initiative it sponsored together with 11 well-known multinational corporations, including Hitachi, Toyota, Mitsubishi, bp, Rio Tinto, Volkswagen, Microsoft, IHI, Daikin, Apple and Saudi Aramco.

Qiu Yong, chairman of Tsinghua University Council, pointed out that climate change and carbon neutrality are major issues related to the fate of the earth and human beings, and are important for everyone.

"Facing a serious climate crisis, Tsinghua has promoted the initiative of the International Joint Mission on Climate Change and Carbon Neutrality. Today's launching ceremony is a positive action to actively respond to it," said Qiu.

Qiu emphasized that a world-class university should have a world-class mission, play a leading role in addressing climate change and make contributions with hard-core technologies.

"Let us take action to prove our firm belief in the bright future of mankind, promote international cooperation on climate change and carbon neutrality, and continue to contribute to the construction of a beautiful homeland for mankind," said Qiu.

Tu Ruihe, head of the UN Environment Programme China Office, said the basis for progress and success in global environmental governance is to adhere to multilateralism and the spirit of international cooperation.

Climate change affects the entire planet, and is related to every country, every region, every industry, every enterprise, every family and every individual. Addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires action from all sides, he said.

He called on all parties to take urgent and more effective action to implement the goals that have already been achieved and looked forward to fruitful results from the initiative.

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