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The Third Global China Dialogue (GCD III): Chinese and British senior academics met in London to focus on their countries response to the climate change agenda

The Third Global China Dialogue (GCD III): Chinese and British senior academics met in London to focus on their countries response to the climate change agenda

On 12 December, 2016, The Third Global China Dialogue (GCD III) Conference was held at the British Academy in central London. The Dialogue Conference attracted more than 50 experts and scholars from many UK and Chinese universities, and leading research organisations. It was widely acknowledged by delegates during the conference that both countries have delivered many remarkable achievements on this issue of world-wide importance. Both too have played an encouraging and leading role in addressing the current and future challenges ahead.

At the opening ceremony, Professor Anthony Giddens said that climate change faces further enormous challenges under the current changing global political situation, and with the rapidly development of social media and technology with its interactions in society. He spoke of profound impacts on the thinking patterns, behaviours and moral principles of different countries and their leaders.

Professor Hong Dao-Yong, Vice President of Renmin University of China said that sociologist should not only focus on environmental constraints under China’s modern day transformation but also to the social complexity of addressing climate change policy and practices in particular.

After that, the forum was themed as the Sustainability and Global Climate Governance and it launched four parts of dialogue and discussions and included the review the Paris Agreement from a the perspective of climate governance , campus-based research on the terms of climate change, sustainability of China’s Green Revolution, and the implementation of the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) .

The panel members, Professor Faulkner, Mr. Charles Grant, Mr. Xiang Xiaowei then were able to discuss the review of the Paris Agreement from a governance perspective, while Carmen Derek, Mike Scott, Qian Yufang, Wang Fang and other experts used the the methodology of corpus linguistics and discussed the structure of discourse related to climate change across the multimedia platforms. In addition, Mr. Dennis Pamlin had looked at the cooperation mode of global governance after the year 2030 from the perspective of China and put forward the way of global sustainability and science leadership. Professor Zhang Letian took the case study of the Yanguan Area at Haining County of north Zhejiang as an example, and he asked the gathered attendees to pay attention to China’s rural environmental problem. Dr. Zhang Yue Yue of Kent University discussed social absorption of China’s sustainability concept and paid attention to the potential understanding of Chinese society.

Professor Daya Thussu from University of Westminster and Professor Luo Jiaojiang from Wuhan University gave the closing ceremony speech. The main organiser of the event and President Chang Xiangqun of Global China Comparative Research Association gave the conclusion to today’s forum. This conference aimed to link China’s climate change research to west scholars’ related research, and to contribute to the common development of mankind.

In the evening, GCD III was held at the UK Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. The Right Honourable Lord Bates, Minister of State for International Development at the British Government, Professor Tony McKenzie of the British Council for Economic and Social Research and Professor Kiristin Mey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Westminster spoke respectively on the climate change agenda and the importance of the work of the GCD III. Amanda Wang, Chief Operation Officer from the China and UK based education agency, Learning without Borders delivered a detailed speech during this evening reception outlining all the clear benefits of collaboration across the higher education sectors in the UK and China.

Saturday 3rd December 2016. The final day of the GCD III programme – The five differing China social science research workshops went smoothly based at King’s College, one of the leading Universities in London.

This series of GCD Conferences has successfully set to the world stage all the many ongoing developments across such diverse sectors such as higher education, economics, migration, family, environment, public health, human security and global governance.

The GCD III Global Event is co-sponsored by the China Comparative Study Association, Global Youth Entrepreneurs Association, University of Westminster China Media Centre, and King's College, London UK. And sponsored by the IWC myOffer.com and the UK Visa & International Education Centre – UVIC Ltd.

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