Wednesday 4 Oct 2017
The LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilisation (‘the LUI Che Woo Prize’ or ‘the Prize’) Sustainability Prize Laureate Mr Xie Zhenhua delivered a public lecture titled ‘Steadfast Confidence, Active Promotion of Global Climate Governance’ on 4 October 2017 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (‘CUHK’) to a full house. Over 400 guests attended the lecture which was streamed live to an audience in an adjacent lecture room.
Mr Xie Zhenhua was awarded the Sustainability Prize, with the Specific Area of Focus on ‘Prevention of Climate Change’, for his crucial role in championing international negotiations, culminating in the successful conclusion of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and for his efforts in coordinating and promoting the prevention of climate change within China. The policies he devised, advocated and implemented have become models for other developing economies.
At present, the global climate governance process faces new opportunities and challenges. Mr Xie believes that the steadfast confidence of different parties is required to actively promote global climate governance and implement the Paris Agreement. Mr Xie stated that, as a responsible and large developing country, China has taken and will continue to take active action to address climate change and make more significant contributions to global green, low-carbon development.
In addition to Mr Xie’s lecture, the seminar also featured a forum exchange session moderated by Professor Lau Ngar-cheung Gabriel, Director of Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (IEES), CUHK. The guest speakers were Mr Xie Zhenhua, Mr Shun Chi-ming, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, and Dr Rebecca Lee, Founder of the Polar Museum Foundation. Guests attending the seminar included Dr Lui Che Woo, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Governors and Prize Council of the LUI Che Woo Prize, and representatives from the higher education sector and non-profit making organisations. Students from different local secondary schools and universities were also present at the seminar.
Founded by Dr Lui Che Woo on 24 September 2015, the LUI Che Woo Prize is an annual, international, cross-sector and innovative award for advancing world civilisation and inspiring people to build a more harmonious world. The LUI Che Woo Prize is an international award that advances with the times. To address ever-evolving global needs and challenges, the Prize will set a Specific Area of Focus under each Prize Category every year.
(Source: Communications and Public Relations Office, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)