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Secretary Clinton To Praise Announcement of Six New U.S.-China EcoPartnerships on May 10
Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
May 9, 2011
On May 10, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver opening remarks at a signing ceremony for six new U.S.-China EcoPartnerships, taking place alongside the third annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), at the Department of State.
Secretary Clinton will speak at approximately 9:30 a.m. Chinese Minister Xie Zhenhuas will speak on behalf of the Chinese government. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones and the Secretary’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis will also attend the ceremony.
The event is open to credentialed members of the media. EcoPartnerships representatives will be available for pull aside interviews after the ceremony.
Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:45 a.m. from the press filing center in the Exhibit Hall at the Department of State.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:10 a.m. from the press filing center in the Exhibit Hall at the Department of State.
Established under the Ten Year Framework on Energy and Environmental Cooperation (TYF), the EcoPartnerships program formally links U.S. and Chinese stakeholders to work on clean energy and sustainable development. Through seven existing partnerships, stakeholders are already sharing best practices on preventing air pollution, protecting water resources, rebuilding after natural disasters, developing electric vehicles and wind energy technologies, and safeguarding natural habitats.
Following Secretary Clinton’s opening remarks, a memorandum of understanding will be signed between six new EcoPartnerships:
- Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) with the China National Off-shore Oil Corp – New Energy Investment Co, Ltd. (Beijing, China)
- Duke Energy (Charlotte, NC) and the city of Charlotte, NC, with ENN Solar Energy Group (Langfang) and the city of City of Langfang (China)
- The State of Utah with Qinghai Province (China)
- Center for Climate Strategies (Washington, DC) with Global Environmental Institute (Beijing, China)
- United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (Austin, TX) with China Business Council for Sustainable Development (Beijing, China)
- Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) with the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (Beijing, China), Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (Beijing, China), and Institute of Applied Ecology (Shenyang, China).
U.S. Department of State
Office of Press Relations
EcoPartnerships are voluntary arrangements that stem from the U.S. - China Ten Year Energy and Environment Cooperation Framework established at the fourth meeting of the U.S. - China Strategic Economic Dialogue. The framework was developed to address the challenges of environmental sustainability and climate change with one objective being the initiation of EcoPartnerships between like-minded organizations in U.S. and China.
In December of 2008, the City of Wichita, Kansas and Wuxi, China entered into an EcoPartnership agreement.
The Wichita-Wuxi EcoPartnership specifically focuses on the exchange of best practices regarding clean air and water on a municipal and industrial levels, and is managed by the Kansas World Trade Center.