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World Ecological Safety Assembly to Meet in Bali

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 2012 (IPS) - As the world environment continues to be threatened by climate change, pollution, sea level rise and the degradation of cities and high seas, the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization (IESCO) is jointly hosting an international conference on “Survival and Development”.

Dr Jiang Mingjun

The second World Ecological Safety Assembly (WESA), which is scheduled to take place in Bali Island, Indonesia, December 9–12, 2012, will discuss four topics: “Resource Scarcity and Multilateral International Cooperation”; “Impacts of Climate Change and International Responses”; “Disaster Prevention and International Cooperation” and “Ecological Safety Legislation and Practice”.

The Assembly, which is a collaborative venture involving IESCO, the government of Indonesia, and the International Conference of Asia Political Parties (ICAPP)., is expected to adopt a World Ecological Safety Declaration and Action Plan to be presented to the current 67th Session of the UN General Assembly.

In an interview with IPS, Dr Jiang Mingjun, President of IESCO and Chairman of the Climate Change Committee of ICAPP, said at present, ecological crises caused by climate change and humans’ unsustainable economic activities have posed great threats to human survival and the development in various countries.

“The occurrence of different kinds of disasters have changed the world political pattern, and increased poverty in developing countries and the least developed countries, leading to social instability and regional conflicts,” he added.

Therefore, he said, all nations should actively cope with extreme weathers and natural disasters caused by climate change as well as strengthen pollution control to ensure the public’s survival and life security.

Asked if the United Nations has done enough to protect the global environment, he said: “In recent years, the United Nations has made great contributions to protecting environment and maintaining ecological safety”. No nations or regions can handle the issue alone. Every country should take the responsibility, he pointed out.

The United Nations should continue its leadership to mobilize all humans to maintain ecological safety and protect the living environment in order to realize sustainable development of humans, economy, society and the environment, Dr Jiang said.

IESCO, which was established in 2006, was initiated by China and jointly founded as an international organization by political parties, parliaments and governmental institutions of various countries.

Since its establishment, IESCO has given priority to poverty elimination and youths’ employment. It used JUNCAO Technology in poverty alleviation programmes in South Africa, Lesotho and Rwanda. It has trained 200 technical personnel for African countries every year. A total of 1,570 people have been trained for African and South-east Asian countries.

According to Chinese authorities, JUNCAO technology, invented in 1985, is a patented technology utilizing JUNCAO (wild or artificially cultivated herbaceous plants) to cultivate edible and medicinal mushrooms, and produce fungus protein forage and fungus fertilizer.

During the Sixth World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy from September 1 to 7, IESCO launched a “Training Program for International Youth Employment” together with UN-Habitat, aiming to conduct youths’ employment training in various countries in the world.

Asked if IESCO plans to take part in the upcoming climate change conference in Qatar in December, Dr Jian said: either he or his representative, will attend the Doha Climate Change Conference.

“I will actively cooperate with various countries in coping with climate change and carrying out disaster mitigation and prevention,” he added

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