The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was held for the first time in Stockholm. The Limits to Growth, the first report of the Club of Rome sounded the alarm about the traditional development patterns of human society and stimulated the enthusiasm for environmental protection worldwide.



IUCN explicitly raised and defined the idea of sustainable development for the first time in human history.



Led by Hu Jintao, the then secretary of the CPC Guizhou Provincial Committee, Guizhou Provincial Party Committee and Provincial Government raised the idea of “exploring harmonious coexistence between human and nature and the sustainable development of the economy and the society ”with the guideline of “development, poverty alleviation, ecological construction and population control”.



Rio Earth Summit passed and published Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and put forward Agenda 21. Chinese delegation team participated in the summit and signed Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and put forward Agenda 21, showing Chinese government’s position to promote the sustainable development.



Kyoto Protocol was formulated on the third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. For the first time humans limited greenhouse gas emissions in the form of regulation. In the same year, there held the 19th Special Sessions of the UN General Assembly, accessing the progress of Agenda 21 during the five years. The Chinese delegation submitted China Reports on Sustainable Development to the session, gaining the accomplishments for our achievements in the filed of sustainable development.



The 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China for the first time officially proposed “developing ecological civilization”, firmly establishing the concept of eco-civilization in the whole society. In the same year, IPCC published the 4th report, which plays an important role in facilitating the world to recognize and learn more about climate change. The report also influenced the international negotiations on climate change.



COP15 was held in Copenhagen, discussing how to facilitate conversations between the North and the South facing with the problem of climate change, how to reinforce worldwide collaboration. In the same year, 1st Eco Forum Global Annual Conference Guiyang was held successfully, raising the idea of “Green Economy” for the first time in China. Focusing on eco-civilization, the forum took China as its foothold and adopted an open view toward the world, striving to become an acclaimed international forum.




The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held and raised the overall approach of “promoting economic, political, cultural and ecological progress”, including eco-civilization development into national strategy.


Rio +20, United Nationals Conference on Sustainable Development was held. State leaders from over 100 countries gathered again in Rio de Janeiro 20 years after the first conference, focusing on green economy. At the same time, Eco Forum Global Annual Conference Rio was held in Brazil and became the only Chinese forum organization that submitted voluntary commitment to Rio +20.





The third plenary session of 18th Communist Party of China first proposed to deepen eco-civilization system: Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms set up the first subsidiary specialized group for economic system and ecological civilization system, which embodied the inseparable connection between eco-civilization development and economy development and the great opportunities for eco-friendly transformation.

Same year, Eco Forum Global became the only national level, high-end international platform focus on the subject of eco-civilization and sustainable development supported by Chinese central government. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter Embracing a New Era of Eco-civilization to EFG. The letter is collected by Xi Jinping: The Governance of China.



Guizhou province along with Fujian, Jiangxi provinces, was approved to build “Ecological Civilization Pioneer Zone” in 2016. As a consequence, Guizhou has become the comprehensive testing platform to carry out the ecological civilization structure reform.

Same year, the 24th meeting of the 12th National People's Congress standing committee of Guizhou Province approved that to set up June 18th as the Eco-Day of Guizhou since 2017.





President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at Palace of Nations in January and reaffirmed China’s commitment towards Eco-civilization. President Xi declared that “We should make our world clean and beautiful by pursuing green and low-carbon growth”, “We must pursue sustainable development” and “We should pursue green, low carbon, recycling and sustainable way of life and production, advance the 2030 agenda and explore a model to development that ensure growth, better life and good environment”.

In October, in the report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), President Xi Jinping stressed that to “speeding up reform of the system for developing an ecological civilization, and building a beautiful China”. The report stressed that building an ecological civilization is vital to sustain the Chinese nation’s development.

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