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US-China-Brazil Forum

On Sustainable Infrastructure and Urbanization

----In Preparation for Rio +20



April 10, 2012 (Tuesday)

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington DC, 20004

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Preliminary Program

12:00pm Registration and Check in (Lobby of Polaris Room)

1::00pm-2:15pm Opening Remark and Keynote Addresses (Polaris Room)

  • Moderator: Chris Williams, Director of the UN-Habitat Office in Washington

    Welcome remarks:

  • Ping He, President, International Fund for China’s Environment
  • Dr. Inês Magalhães, National Secretary of Housing, Brazilian Ministry of Cities

    Keynote speakers

  • Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development, the World Bank
  • David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, Department of Energy
  • Kevin Geiss, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy

2:15pm-4:00pm Sessions (Concurrent)

Session 1 Sustainable Urbanization -Best Practices and Successful Models(Polaris Room)

  • Moderator: Barbara Bramble (Senior Advisor, International Climate and Energy Program, National Wildlife Federation)
  • Rose Niu, Managing Director, China Program, WWF-US
  • Vicente del Rio, Professor, City and Regional Planning Department, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
  • Xiang Yu, Sr. Research Scientist, Institute for Urban & Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Claus Dunkelberg, P.E. Business Development Director, Milwaukee Water Council
  • Ernest Jolly, Sr. Program Manager, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
  • Ping He, Director General, China International Consulting Group

Session 2 Infrastructure Investment Strategies and Project Selection Criteria (Hemisphere A, this session will be organized as a panel discussion)

  • Moderator: Tad Ferris, Vice Chairman, Int’l Fund for China’s Environment Panelists:
  • Doug Norlen, Policy Director, Pacific Environment
  • Katherine Sierra, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute
  • Nancy Alexander, Director of the Economic Governance Program, Heinrich Boell Foundation of North America
  • Denise Leung, Research Analyst for the International Financial Flows, World Resources Institute

4:00 pm- 4:15pm Coffee Break

4:15pm-6:00pm Sessions (Concurrent) Session 3 Innovative Solutions and Approaches (Polaris Room)

  • Moderator: Paul Werbos, Program Director, Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research & Innovation, National Science Foundation
  • Jianming Wang, General Manager of Huaxin Environmental Group, Beijing, China
  • Steve Jones, President/EFW Development, Raymond Luk, President/Asian Development, Green Energy Enterprise
  • Zedong Jiang, Chairman of China North Engineering Design Academy of Research
  • Eric Mackres (invited) Senior Researcher and Local Policy Lead, The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Jinglu Li, Chairman, Maowusu Biomass Thermoelectric Company, China

Session 4 Greening Infrastructure-Standards and Social and Environmental Safeguards (Hemisphere A, this session will be organized as a panel discussion)

  • Moderator: Nora Maccoby, Board Director, Int’l Fund for China’s Environment


  • Alberto Ninio, Chief Counsel, Environmental and Social Safeguards, the World Bank
  • Ping Wang, Senior Client Manager, China Development Bank
  • Ben Freeman, Senior Vice President for Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments, Inc
  • Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute

6:00pm-8:00pm Networking Reception ( Sponsored by ESRI Inc. )

To take advantage of Rio+20 and the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, the International Fund for China’s Environment, the Heinrich Boll Foundation, and the Chinese Academy of Social Science are organizing a US-China-Brazil Forum on Sustainable Infrastructure and Urbanization at the Ronald Reagan Building on April 10th in Washington, DC to address sustainable development, energy access, urbanization and social and environmental standards. The China Society is a supporting partner of this forum.

As the Rio+20 summit takes shape, the issue of sustainable cities is high on the list for the June event and central to the global vision of a green economy. Studies show that 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions come from the world’s cities. Rapid urbanization is putting more pressure on freshwater supplies, energy resources, food production and public health. By addressing great challenges, cities can be the leaders in implementing innovative green policies. It is estimated that by 2050, 70% of the world population will live in cities of developing countries. Hundreds of new cities will emerge in less developed areas where modern energy and other services are unavailable.

City infrastructure operations shall be designed in ways that support sustainable development by improving economic productivity and employment prospects, preserving the natural environment and benefiting communities. The Report of the G20 High Level Panel on Infrastructure cites six selection criteria. The World Bank’s safeguard policies help avert major environmental and ecological disasters. In recent years, emerging market countries such as China and Brazil are significantly increasing their infrastructure investments in less developed regions. How to select projects properly and how to develop more consistent policies among all developers to ensure implementation of social and environmental standards are crucially important in sustainable infrastructure development in the developing world.

This forum is to pull together China, Brazil and the U.S., to highlight successful models, share innovative solutions and approaches, discuss policies and shape strategies concerning infrastructure’s development and social and environmental standards, and then to disseminate findings and develop recommendations to participants in G20 and Rio + 20 summit.


International Fund for China’s Environment (IFCE)

The International Fund for China’s Environment (IFCE) is an international environmental organization based in Washington DC, with branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and 3 other cities in China. Founded in 1996 by a group of scientists and professionals concerned with China’s environment, IFCE aims to ensure a healthy global environment and sustainable economic development by helping China solve its environmental and ecological problems.

Since its founding, IFCE has developed a range of influential programs facilitating partnerships and building capacity in China’s environmental movement. Specifically, we work with companies and other NGO’s to improve China’s access to green information technology, with policy makers to influence China’s environmental policy, and with grassroots environmental organizations and environmental education programs to improve Chinese people’s engagement in the environmental movement.

Research Center for Sustainable Development

Chinese Academy of Social Science

The research center was established in 1997. It is responsible for conducting policy and academic research on sustainable development from angle of the social and economic development.

Presently, the center is conducting research in following areas:

1. Theory and practice of sustainable development in China
2. Global climate change and sustainable development, esp. energy and climate policies
3. Environment and trade, esp. impacts after China’s accession to WTO
4. Ecological preservation, esp. green accounting, ecological prints and indexing, etc.

The center provides advises to both Chinese central and local governments on sustainable development policies and implementation. It is one of key government-sponsored thinking tanks in China.

Heinrich Hoell Foundation-North America

Heinrich Hoell Foundation is a green think tank, an international policy network, and they are active in ecology, democracy and human rights worldwide with 30 offices across the globe. Their Washington, DC office provides expertise on issues related to their mission. They promote exchanges through informational programs, study tours and visitor programs; special events, meetings, workshops and conferences; public seminars and training programs; and monitoring of the work of international organizations.

China Society is a supporting partner of this forum.

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为迎接2012年 6月在巴西里约热内卢举行的联合国可持续发展大会,既世界可持续发展峰会, “美国,中国,巴西可持续基础设施与城市化高端论坛----迎接里约+20峰会” 将于2012年4月10日在美国首都华盛顿罗纳德.里根大厦 (Regan Building)的国际贸易中心举办。这次论坛由国际中国环境基金会, 德国伯尔基金会(北美), 及中国社科院可持续发展研究中心联合主办。会议将邀请美,中,巴三国政府官员,民间机构,企业家,国际机构代表等回顾20年可持续发展成果,展示最佳实践,研讨投资政策,并探讨新的合作机会。中国协会为本次论坛的支持伙伴。


论坛主要活动包括开幕式, 将由 联合国人居署, 世界银行,美国能源部代表,美中巴三国政府代表演讲;来自三国的顶尖专家将在大会发言中介绍二十年来可持续城市发展的成就和挑战. 专题报告和讨论分为四部分: 1) 最佳实践和成功模式, 将包括上海, 华盛顿, 密尔奥基等在交通, 水, 新能源方面的最佳案例. 2) 创新方法和途径, 将介绍企业在水污染治理, 新能源技术, 废物利用等领域的最新成果. 3) 基础设施投资, 包括项目选择, 投资战略和目标等. 4) 环境标准,社会安全, 包括世行和其它国家环境生态安全标准的比较, 投资标准的共识等. 本次论坛共有 30 多位资深的发言人和讲员, 包括:

  • 美国能源部助理部长 David Sandalow
  • 世界银行副行长 Rachel Kyte
  • 美国空军副助理部长 Kevin Geiss
  • 加州理工大学教授 Vicente del Rio
  • 布鲁金斯学会高级研究员 Katherine Sierra
  • 中国开发银行高级经理 王 萍
  • 中国国际工程咨询公司 主任 何 平
  • 中国北方工程设计研究院院长 姜泽栋
  • 考纹特投资公司高级副总裁 Ben Freeman
  • 世界资源所执行副总裁 Manish Bapna

我们邀请您参与盛会,分享成果, 讨论挑战, 结识朋友.论坛注册及详细信息请见中国协会主页: 联系, 202-588-5969。

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