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A major role in UN conservation program

THE United Nations Environment Program has signed an agreement with Shanghai to promote wildlife protection, a green economy and youth engagement in environmental conservation.

Chinese and UNEP officials announced the partnership during the opening of a Green Shanghai photography exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya.

"We are delighted to cooperate with Shanghai on initiatives that will push forward the agenda of an inclusive green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication in one of the most influential and populous cities in the world at the hub of one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding economies," Achim Steiner, UNEP's executive director, said.

Shanghai pledged to use its resources to make the public aware of UNEP's work and cooperate with Tunza, its youth engagement program. Yang Zhenwu, of Shanghai's publicity department, said: "Shanghai will control the intensity of development, protect ecological space, further promote energy conservation, emission reduction and environmental protection, reduce energy consumption, and establish and improve the long-term system of ecological civilization."


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