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Changsha's new title 'China Sustainable City'

Updated: 2016-01-04

The biggest challenge any city faces is, to achieve high human development without damaging much to environment and very few cities can stand on it. Seeing its importance, United Nations (UN) also recognizes such cities.

Changsha, the capital of Central China's Hunan province has got recognition for its sustainable urban development. The 2015 International Forum on Sustainable Cities in China, themed with "innovative growth that benefits all" was held in Beijing on Dec 29. Changsha and Wuhan have been awarded the "2015 China Sustainable Cities".

During the forum, the report entitled "The 2015 China Sustainable Cities Report: Measuring Ecological and Human Development" was launched by the United Nations Development Programme in association with Xinhua Oriental Outlook Weekly. The report is the first of its kind in China since the recent adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 193 member states of the UN in September 2015. Of the 35 cities from China evaluated in the report, Wuhan, Changsha and five other cities have been able to achieve high human development while also minimizing damage to the environment.

 Drafted by an expert team at Tongji University, the report does not emphasize the rank of cities relative to one another, but instead recognizes an acceptable range for both human and environmental development as the ultimate goal for a sustainable city. Professor Zhu Dajian, first author of the report and director of the Sustainable Development and New-Type Urbanization Think Tank recognized the efforts Changsha has made on the construction of the two-oriented society and to reduce resource consumption and alleviate damage to the environment. He believed this contributed much to the evaluation outcome in the report.

In the discussion, Changsha Vice-mayor Li Wei as the special guest offered Changsha's experiences in sustainable urbanization and comprehensive reforms during the construction of the two-oriented society, which received high recognition. "The award shows the improving quality life of people living in Changsha and the popularity of the city," said the vice-mayor.

He also mentioned the future plans, that the provincial capital will deepen the construction of the two-oriented society to build a better city in livability through efforts in various aspects including improving environmental resource use efficiency, reducing pollution discharge, creating more jobs opportunities, protecting ecosystems and deepening opening-up.

Edited by Shahnawaz Akhtar, Zhang Qiong

Source: Changsha Evening News