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United Nations Symposium on Hydropower and Sustainable Development concluded in Beijing
   ---United Nations Symposium on Hydropower and Sustainable Development was successfully concluded on 29th October in Beijing. The symposium jointly organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the World Bank, and the National Development and Reform Commission of People's Republic of China. Some 500 participants, 111 of them international, from 44 countries, participated. They included Government representatives and experts, representatives of the private sector, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations, who participated actively in the meeting.

    This symposium highlighted the subjects such as hydropower & sustainable development, environmentally sound technology for hydropower, hydropower management, decision-making for hydropower development, the function and effect of hydropower on economic and social development. The Beijing Declaration on Hydropower and Sustainable Development was adopted on the symposium. This symposium is the follow-up of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002, and it aimed to promote the development of small hydropower, protect environment, decrease greenhouse gas emission, and fulfill the sustainable development. It's a significant contribution to sustainable hydropower development in the world.

    The Symposium concluded with the adoption by consensus of the Beijing Declaration on Sustainable Development. Reflecting three days of in-depth discussion, the Declaration states that there is a need to develop hydropower that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.

    Mr. Jianda ZHAO from our center was invited to this symposium where he delivered a speech on Private Participation in Small Hydropower Development in China and Comparison with International Communities. He introduced the present situation of Chinese private investors for small hydropower and analyzed the differences between international situation and Chinese situation in this regard. He also pointed out several particular problems for Chinese private company to invest in small hydropower. The speech was welcomed by the participants, meanwhile, he exchanged his ideas with officials and specialists from United Nations and the World Bank, and he also visited some old friends of HRC. (2004-10-31)


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