On June 4, the State Council Information Office held a news conference in Beijing and released 2013 Report on the State of the Environment in China. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended the conference and answered the questions of Chinese and international journalists.
On the same day, China-Shanghai Cooperation Organization High-Level Workshop on Environmental Cooperation organized by Ministry of Environmental Protection was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended the workshop and made remarks on behalf of Minister Zhou Shengxian. A total of over 140 people including the representatives of the embassy of SCO members, observers and dialogue partners, relevant MEP departments of MEP and institutions directly under MEP, local EPA, research institutes and enterprises attended the workshop.
On the same day, MEP approved General Guidelines on Technical Guidance of EIA of Plans as national standard on environmental protection, which will be put into effect as of Sep. 1, 2014.
On June 5, the World Environment Day, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Political Bureau, Vice Premier of the State Council Zhang Gaoli made investigation at Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences and China National Environmental Monitoring Center. He visited technical staff at the frontier and chaired the symposium for academicians and experts. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing accompanied the investigation.
On June 9, the inception meeting of the first stop of leading group meeting (Tangshan) featuring delivering services, solving problems and bringing environmental technologies to the grassroots was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the meeting and gave an address. Chief Engineer Wan Bentai chaired the meeting.
On June 10, MEP approved five standards as national standards for environmental protection including Technical specification for management of municipal wastewater treatment plant operation, which will be put into effect as of Sep. 1, 2014.
On June 12, MEP, NDRC, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, State Administration for Industry and Commerce, State Administration of Work Safety and National Energy Administration jointly held a teleconference in Beijing, making arrangement for 2014 special campaign on rectifying illegal polluters and safeguarding public health. Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Political Bureau, Vice Premier of the State Council Zhang Gaoli made important instructions on the environmental campaign. Convenor of the inter-ministerial meeting, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the meeting and made arrangement for the campaign. The meeting was chaired by Vice Minister Zhai Qing. Vice Minister of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Su Bo, Vice Minister for Justice Zhang Yanzhen and heads of NDRC, State Administration for Industry and Commerce, State Administration of Work Safety and National Energy Administration attended the meeting.
On June 13, MEP issued Information Disclosure Plan on Environmental Monitoring at Coastal Waters.
On the same day, MEP announced 829 towns including Junzhuang Town, Mentougou District, Beijing, which met the indicators for assessment of National Eco Towns and granted them the title of National Eco Towns.
On June 16, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired ministerial executive meeting, conveying the important speeches of Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli at related environmental meetings recently, deliberating the decision of abolishing Administrative Measures for Qualification Licenses for the Operation of Environmental Pollution Control Facilities. MEP Vice Ministers Wu Xiaoqing, Zhai Qing, Member of Leading Party Members' Group of MEP, DG of Department of Human Resource Management and Institutional Arrangement He Jie，MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting.
On the same day, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired ministerial executive meeting, deliberating and adopting in principle Controlling limits for electromagnetic environment and review opinions of EIA of some construction projects. MEP Vice Ministers Wu Xiaoqing, Zhai Qing, Member of Leading Party Members' Group of MEP, DG of Department of Human Resource Management and Institutional Arrangement He Jie，MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting.
On the same day, MEP held a special lecture on Environmental Protection Law. Head of the Discipline Inspection Group in MEP Zhou Ying attended the meeting and made remarks.
On the same day, the 2012-2013 Green China•Person of the Year and Green Carol•Declaring War on Pollution was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue attended the activity and made remarks. Officials from Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee (EPRCC), National People's Congress, the Committee of Population, Resources and Environment of CPPCC, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China, and Environmental and Greening Commission of the PLA as well as officials from UNEP attended the awarding ceremony and presented award to winners.
On June 17, MEP and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) jointly held the leading group meeting of Remote sensing investigation and assessment of Ten-Year Change of National Ecological Environment (2000-2010) & outcome review. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and CAS President Bai Chunli attended the meeting and made remarks. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie chaired the meeting. Vice President of CAS Shi Wei'er and Ding Zhongli attended the meeting.
On June 18, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with a delegation led by Bill Gates, Board Chairman of Terra Power in Beijing. They exchanged views on issues of common concern.
On June 19, China-Russia Work Meeting Nuclear Safety Supervision was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister, also Administrator of National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) Li Ganjie and Aleksey Alesin, head of Department of Environment, Industry and Nuclear Safety Supervision of Russia, attended the meeting and made remarks.
On June 20, MEP approved Technical requirement for environmental protection products Grit removal equipment in grit chamber as national standard on environmental protection, which will be put into effect as of Sep. 1, 2014.
The First Conference of United Nations Environment Assembly was held in UNEP headquarters in Nairobi during June 23~27. Mr. Zhou Shengxian, MEP Minister heading a Chinese government delegation composed of officials from MEP, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese Permanent Representative to UNEP attended the conference. UNEP Executive Director Mr. Achim Steiner presented a policy statement on global environment issues and connections between science and policy. Zhou Shengxian presented a special speech on the theme “Sustainable Development Goals and Post 2015 Development Agenda, including Sustainable Consumption and Production”. More than 1000 representatives from over 160 countries and 20 international organizations and NGOs attended the conference.
On June 25, China-Africa Ministerial Dialogue on Environmental Cooperation was held in Nairobi, capital of Kenya. This meeting was co-organized by Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, UNEP and African Environment Ministers Meeting. Mr. Zhou Shengxian, Minister of Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Vice Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director and Mr. Al, Environment Minister of Egypt and Vice Chairman of African Ministerial Conference on the Environment attended the meeting and gave a speech respectively. About 120 representatives from UNEP and environmental department of nearly 40 African countries attended the meeting. Mr. Liu Xianfa, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya and Chinese Permanent Representatives to UNEP attended the meeting.
On the same day, the informal meeting of environment ministers of BRICS countries was held in Nairobi, Kenya. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, Izabella Teixeira, Minister for Environment of Brazil, Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment & Forests of India, Moroe, Representative of Minister of Department of Environment Affairs of South Africa and Inamov, Representative of Minister for Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation attended the meeting. Liu Xianfa, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Representative of Chinese Mission to United Nations Environment Programme also attended the meeting.
On June 26, the high-level meeting of the First UN Environment Assembly opened in Nairobi, Kenya. During the meeting, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UNEP, presented Environmental Policy and Leadership Contribution Award to MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, as entrusted by United Nations.
On June 27, the First Conference of United Nations Environment Assembly was concluded in Nairobi, capital city of Kenya. President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended the closing ceremony and gave speeches. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian led the delegation of Chinese government to the meeting and held a series of sideline events during the meeting, meeting with Sanjaasuren Oyun, President of the UN Environment Assembly, Al, Environment Minister of Egypt and Vice Chairman of African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, Hakima Al Haite, Minister Delegate for the Environment of Morocco, Marco Lambertini, WWF International Director General, Izabella Teixeira, Minister for Environment of Brazil, EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik and Gian Luca Galletti, Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea. They exchanged views on issues of common concern.
On June 30, MEP Minister visited France by the invitation of Ms. Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Zhou and Royal held bilateral talks and signed the Action Plan on China-France Environmental Cooperation.