China has initiated early actions on the Wuhan summit between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that stressed the need for people-to-people dialogue for the development of not only India and China but the whole world.
Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre, former Director UNEP, has been invited by a premier civil-society organization in China, Operation Earth (www.operationearth.org), to the chairmanship of its International Advisory Council and to undertake interactions with students from top-notch Chinese universities including Tsinghua and Nanjing May 18, 2018.
The Sino-Indian interaction at university level would focus on the global challenges of climate change, air pollution and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Operation Earth of China, an international field-research volunteer organization based in Beijing, is dedicated to biodiversity conservation and global climate change. It promotes young citizen’s engagement in global environmental issues through local actions.
“Operation Earth is aiming to strengthen the ancient cultural and spiritual ties by building the bridges between the youths of the two countries”, said Chen Liangzhong, Chief Officer of Operation Earth and consultant to IUN and World Bank that led numerous Chinese youth expeditions for conservation of nature to the rain forests in Amazon and Mekong basin and black rhinos in East Africa.
The dialogue in university campuses would aim at the action-based responses to the development imperatives of India and China. “Extending the Smart Campus Cloud Network (www.sccnhub.com), initiated by TERRE and supported by Human Resource Development Ministry of India, to Chinese universities would be the key focus of the interaction,” said Rajendra Shende. “Making tangible contribution to the attainment of SDGs and climate change objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement by deploying the modern technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Networking would be the key topics for the interaction with the students in Beijing, Nanjing and Hangzhou”, he added.
TERRE Policy Centre is not-for-profit organization based in India working with youth, women and farmer communities on energy and food security. (www.terrepolicycentre.com)