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Leadership of Political Parties is the Basic Guarantee for Sustainable Development
A Speech by Dr. Jiang Mingjun at
the 22nd Session of the Standing Committee of ICAPP, Vladivostok, Russia
May 30, 2014

Respected Chairman José De Venecia, Co-Chairman Chung Euiyong and members of the Standing Committee, ladies and gentlemen.

First of all, let us mourn for the loss of Malaysia Airline Flight 370, the wreck of the ferry of ROK and the victims of the mine disaster in Turkey and the mudslides in Afghanistan, offer consolation to the bereaved families and strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in some countries.

Many disasters happen all over the world. In my opinion, they are caused by natural and man-made factors. These disasters pose a serious threat to human's survival and change the political pattern of the world, bottleneck the development of countries and cause social unrests. Therefore, reducing the risks of disasters, tackling climate change, solving the environmental crisis and maintaining ecological security are the priorities of political parties, parliaments and governments of all countries. No country can be immune from the results of the disasters elsewhere in the world and we must tackle the disasters together. Otherwise, climate change and environmental problems could cause regional conflicts, or even wars, which is not just alarmist talk.

Dear members of the Standing Committee,

As Secretary-General of the International Coordinating Committee of Asia-Pacific Region on behalf of the Chinese government, I worked in Vladivostok for six years starting from 1996. I witnessed the successful transformation of politics, economy and diplomacy in Russia in the eight years of Mr. Putin's term in office and important achievements under the leadership of United Russia Party. I compiled and published "Putin's Eight Years: Russia's Renewal (political, diplomatic and economic volumes)". In October 1998, I chaired the first "Asia-pacific Peaceful Development and National Security Conference" and put forward that "the biggest political issues in the 21st century are ecological security and resource security" for the first time, as ecological security is related to human survival, resource security and national development. I suggested that all countries should include ecological security and resource security in their national development strategies. Russia established the Ecological Security Committee of the Russian Federation National Security Conference in early 1999. In the same year, the United States also set up National Ecological Security Committee directly under the leadership of the President.

Dear Excellencies,

IESCO is a global international organization initiated by China and jointly established by sovereign countries with the involvement and support of organizations including UN-HABITAT. In recent years, under the support of ICAPP and COPPPAL, IESCO has been focusing on tackling climate change, solving the environmental crisis, maintaining ecological security and promoting youth employment through international conferences, international cooperation and media dissemination, and made remarkable achievements. In 2011, IESCO was granted the permanent observer status at the plenary meeting of UN-ECOSOC and special consultative status with UN-ECOSOC. In September, 2012, IESCO changed from a NGO to an IGO, and set up secretariats and representative offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Vancouver, Kuala Lumpur and St. Petersburg. IESCO set up its African Representative Office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in February, 2014, and European Representative Office in Milan, Italy in May. The state to chair IESCO now is the Kingdom of Cambodia. Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen is the Highest Honorary Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Sok An is the Executive Chairman.

Dear Excellencies,

In April, 2013, IESCO and UN-HABITAT jointly launched the "UN Youth Empowerment Program". The program includes 5 main aspects: 1. Publishing Annual Urban Youth Report; 2. Carrying out ecological skills training and youth employment training all over the world; 3. Implementing the ranking of urban ecological index within the UN framework; 4. Setting up the "UN Youth Innovation Awards" which includes Youth Leadership Award, Youth Technical Award, Youth Education Award, Youth Culture Award and Youth Entrepreneur Award; 5. The UE New Media project jointly launched by IESCO and the UN. In order to implement the youth empowerment program, the UN Youth Empowerment and Urban Ecological Committee was established with the approval of the UN and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Joan Clos was appointed as the Honorary Chairman and Oyebanji Oyeyinka, Director of UN Habitat Global Monitoring & Research Division, was appointed as the Chairman. I was appointed as the Executive Chairman. On April 2, 2014, I was appointed as the Chairman of the Ecological Committee of UN Alliance of Civilizations at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The main tasks of the committee are to focus on the different beliefs, different cultures and different civilizations in the world and realize peace, reconciliation and sustainable development through dialogues among civilizations. At the conference, the Government of Qatar promised to provide $100 million for youth empowerment and the youth employment. Jordan will provide $20 million to support the development of the new media.

Dear Excellencies,

The foundation of "Global Parties Climate and Ecological Alliance" meant that the cooperation among ICAPP, COPPPAL, Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) and IESCO had entered a new stage of development. The 19th Standing Committee of ICAPP, the 31th conference of COPPPAL, CAPP and the 2nd meeting of the CAPDI approved to found " Global Parties Climate and Ecological Alliance" with IESCO, which was included in the "2013 Asian Political Parties Special Session Initiative (Xi'an) on May 30, 2013. IESCO New York Secretariat registered in the state of New York according to the requirement of the session and Xi'an Initiative and registered for tax exemption in the Education Department of the United States in December, 2013. It has also set up the bank account with Chase JP Morgan in the U.S. recently. So far, Global Political Parties Climate and Ecological Alliance has completed all the legal procedures, and is ready to work. We will work actively in the following aspects together with political parties in various countries to make new contributions to the welfare of human beings.

One, Team building. GPCEA is a global international organization mainly consisting of political parties in the three regions. It was founded with the involvement of international organizations. GPCEA is an important force with special missions in fighting against climate change, solving ecological crisis and achieving sustainable development. A team of leadership of high quality must be set up to meet the needs of the work. According to the rules, we suggest that the presidium of the alliance should consist of ICAPP, COPPPAL, CAPP, CAPDI and IESCO, the secretariat of the alliance should be set up in Beijing and two representative offices should be set up in New York and Manila respectively.

Two, International conferences. According to the rules, the GPCEA will hold a special session once a year and a general assembly every two years on climate change, ecological safety and sustainable development in different countries. On July 18th this year, "Climate Change and Human Health Forum" will be held in Chengdu, China. The third World Ecological Safety Assembly (WESA) and the 1st GPCEA General Assembly will be held in Beijing on this November. I hereby earnestly request for ICAPP and the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of CPC to be the official supporting organizations of the "Climate Change and Human's Health Development Forum" and the 3rd WESA and 1st GPCEA General Assembly. Recently, the National Security Conference of Russian Federation and the Russian Science Academy have officially applied to host the fourth World Ecological Safety Assembly in Moscow in 2016.

Three, International cooperation. First, The "Natural Ecological Safety Demonstration Zone in Central America" will be set up by UNDP, IESCO, El Salvador and other countries. Second, The "Natural Ecological Safety Demonstration Zone in Lake Victoria" will be set up by East African Community, IESCO, Tanzania and other countries for the ecological restoration of Lake Victoria. (3) The "Natural Ecological Safety Demonstration Zone in Park Preah Vihear" and the "Global Ecological Museum" will be set up by IESCO and the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Four, Economic development. First, The "Asia Green Development Bank" is planned to be set up by the GPCEA and IESCO in Beijing. Second, the assessment, identification and certification work of 220 ecological industries and ecological safety products in 22 categories will be carried out by IESCO with the assistance of GPCEA, which has been authorized by UN Habitat and the European Council and approved by the State Administration of Industry and Commerce of China. Third, ecological products of clothes, leatherwear, tourism products and small wares as the main body with the international brand of IESCO will be developed by GPCEA and IESCO in Italy for more economic benefits. Fourth, "The International Organization Purchasing Center" has been established in Yiwu City last week to purchase goods for international conferences, disaster rescues, international poverty relieving, youth training and office supplies. Fifth, Supporting the establishment of ICAPP Economic Commission.

Five, Youths employment training. As a scholar and ecology expert, I positioned various unsafe factors which affect the human survival and development from the perspective of ecology by breaking through the old shackles of traditional ecological theories, and by learning from the advanced experience and failures of other countries. I compiled and published 11 books. Seven of them were approved by the UN as teaching materials for the UN Training on Ecological Skills and Technology for the Youths, four of them were approved by the Chinese National Evaluation Setting Committee as China Higher Education Innovation subjects, and one of them got the highest award of the Chinese Government Publication Award in 2013. In recent years, together with institutions of higher education in China, IESCO has trained over 2700 ecological and poverty-alleviation technicians for countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. We will establish 5 bases for ecological technology and youths training in China, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand and Tanzania according to the training program of the UN. I propose that GPCEA and IESCO should implement this program together.

Dear Excellencies,

As an observer, IESCO has taken part in many international conferences held by ICAPP and sessions of the Standing Committee of ICAPP. We witnessed the important role played by ICAPP and COPPPAL in promoting peaceful development, realizing peace and reconciliation and green governance. We co-hosted the first and second World Ecological Safety Assemblies which called on political parties to bring climate change, ecological safety and sustainable development into their party programs; national parliaments to implement ecological legislation and improve environmental legislation to crack down on ecological and environmental crimes and ensure residents' living safety and life safety; governments to bring climate change and ecological construction into governments' long-term development strategies and national education systems. We are glad to see that the Eighteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China for the first time included ecological civilization into the party constitution and brought ecological civilization construction in the national five-in-one development strategy and put forward the strategic conception of contributing to ecological security of the world. It not only finds a new development pattern for China, but also has positive influence on the whole world. Seven of us here today are members of both ICAPP and IESCO, so we can say that the two institutions are one unity with the same purpose. At present, "frequent devastating natural disasters" pose unpredictable threats to the world security. The melting of huge glaciers in the North Pole makes the opening of new channels and the development of natural resources, energies and trade become possible. We live in an interconnected world. It is said that time is money. As to climate change, the inaction in two years cost the whole world $8 trillion. On climate change, the more reluctantly we take actions, the greater price we will have to pay. Now, there is no time for bargaining. All countries should make joint efforts to take practical actions. Otherwise regional conflicts or even wars would break out because of climate change and environmental crisis. This is the theme of the UN Climate Change Summit in September this year and also the significance of establishing the Global Parties Climate and Ecological Alliance. I am pleased to announce that Former United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan has accepted our invitation to be the Principal Honorary Chairman of the Alliance.

Thank you for your attention. I wish you all the best.







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