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Online Seminar Series:
Europe and China: Global Trendsetters in Sustainable Development?



This seminar series is aimed for experts, academia and the general public interested in sustainable development. The series is structured into four online sessions that focus on the (1) internationally agreed global goals and their implementation in the COVID-19 era, (2) the European Union and China as global trend setters in sustainable development, as well as transforming (3) China´s and (4) Germany´s economies and societies towards sustainability. The topics cover economic, social and environmental aspects.  

Each seminar can be attended as a singular event. Participants who follow four sessions and pass an online test will be able to earn a certificate of achievement.



The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for the sustainable development of the people and the planet. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries. Together with the Paris agreement, which is set to limit global warming to below 2 degrees, the SDGs form a framework for international cooperation and for a global partnership. 

COVID-19 emphasizes global risks and showcases how interconnected the world is. As a result of the current crisis, most governmental recovery plans emphasize sustainability or greening. The European Union’s overall aim is to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050. China has announced to target climate neutrality by 2060.  

The European Green Deal, a comprehensive growth strategy by the European Union, aims to make Europe’s economy, regions and societies sustainable. For this purpose, the EU is providing its member states and regions with over 100 billion € in funding. In China the broad concept Ecological Civilization has been rooted in the constitution. 

China and the European Union, including its 27 member states, count for more than 30% of the world’s economic output. Thus, the sustainable trade, finance and development policies formulated in Brussels and in Beijing have far reaching consequences also for setting the international standard. 

Whether or not these global, regional and national goals and policies can be accomplished, will be decided at the local level. Many cities have taken a nationwide leading role in localizing and developing sustainable solutions in urban living labs. Also less densely populated towns and rural areas’ contribution to these global sustainability goals are essential. These areas are not only housing half of the world’s population, they are also the source of food, energy, clean water and air.  

Despite increased public awareness, new policies and funding opportunities, many challenges remain. As the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) showcases, only a handful of countries are on track to fulfilling the Paris agreement. Neither China nor any EU country are among them.








First session
COVID-19 and the SDGs: A Chance or a Threat?

18:30-20:30 (China), 11:30-13:30 (Central European Time), Tuesday 17 November 2020

Opening Remarks:

  • Dr. Susanne LUTHER, Director Institute for International Cooperation, Hanns Seidel Foundation
  • Prof. Dr. WU Weidong, Dean of School of Education (ZISU), Director of RCE Hangzhou, Director of Center for German Studies (ZISU)

Guest speakers:

  • Dr. Kees BALDÉ, Senior Programme Officer, United Nations University (UNU) & United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme
  • Mr. Niclas SVENNINGSEN, Manager Global Climate Action Team, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Ms. Xiaoxiao MILZ-CHEN, Senior Manager, CSR & Sustainability at FlixBus, Germany
  • Dr. Philip VAUGHTER, Research Fellow, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

Moderator: Mr. Janne LEINO, Chief Representative Hanns Seidel Foundation (Zhejiang Office, China), Vice Director RCE Hangzhou

Translation: Chinese/English


Second session

The European Union and China as global Trendsetters in sustainable Trade and Finance

18:30-20:30 (China), 11:30-13:30 (Central European Time), Tuesday 24 November 2020

Guest speakers:

  • Tudor-Petru FABIAN, Policy Advisor to Member of European Parliament Iuliu Winkler (EPP), Vice-Chair on Committee on International Trade, Member of the Delegation for Relations with China
  • Dr. Christoph NEDOPIL WANG, Founding Director of the Green Belt and Road Initiative Center, Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF), Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) Beijing
  • Marianne Kettunen, Principal Policy Analyst, Head of Global Challenges and SDGs, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Moderator: Mr. Jan DRESEL, Resident Representative Hanns Seidel Foundation (Moscow, Russia)

Translation: Chinese / English


Third session
Implementing Ecological Civilization in the post-COVID-19 era

18:30-20:30 (China), 11:30-13:30 (Central European Time), Tuesday 1 December 2020

Guest speakers:

  • Ms. LI Liping, Director of Policy Research Center for Environmental and Economy, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China
  • Mr. LIU Keqin, Executive Director of Liangshan College (Lishui) China, Vice-Chairman of Lishui Federation of Social Science Circles
  • Prof. LI Youping, Vice Dean of College of Environmental Science and Engineering, China West Normal University

Moderator: Dr. PAN Yaozhen, Zhejiang International Studies University

Translation: Chinese / English


Fourth session
Localizing global sustainability goals: Best practices from cities and rural areas in Germany

18:30-20:30 (China), 11:30-13:30 (Central European Time), Tuesday 8 December 2020

Guest speakers:

  • Dr. Christian BÜTTNER, Director of RCE Nuremberg


  • Mr. Thomas PFLUGER, Municipal Council Member, Wildpoldsried


  • Ms. Pei ALBRECHT, Head of Asia Affairs, ALBA Group plc & Co. KG


Moderator: Dr. Michael Klaus, Chief Representative Hanns Seidel Foundation (Shandong Office, China)


Translation: Chinese / English






  • 开幕致辞:Susanne LUTHER博士,汉斯·赛德尔基金会国际合作所所长
  • 开幕致辞:吴卫东教授,浙江外国语学院教育学院院长,联合国可持续发展教育(杭州)专业区域中心主任,浙江外国语学院德国研究中心主任
  • Kees BALDÉ博士,联合国大学(UNU)&联合国培训与调查研究所(UNITAR)可持续循环项目高级干事
  • Niclas SVENNINGSEN先生,《联合国气候变化框架公约》(UNFCCC)全球气候行动小组经理
  • Xiaoxiao MILZ-CHEN女士,FlixBus企业社会责任与可持续发展高级经理
  • Philip VAUGHTER博士,联合国大学可持续性高等研究所(UNU-IAS)研究员








  • Tudor-Petru FABIAN,欧洲议会议员Iuliu Winkler(欧洲人民党,欧洲议会国际贸易委员会副主席、对华关系代表团成员)政策顾问
  • Christoph NEDOPIL WANG博士,绿色一带一路实验室负责人,中央财经大学绿色金融国际研究院(IIGF)高级研究员
  • 欧洲环境政策研究所首席政策分析员,全球挑战和可持续发展目标项目负责人

主持人:Jan DRESEL先生,德国汉斯·塞德尔基金会驻莫斯科代表







  • 李丽平,生态环境部环境与经济政策研究中心国际环境政策研究所所长
  • 刘克勤研究员,中国(丽水)两山学院执行院长,丽水市社会科学联合会副主席
  • 李友平教授,西华师范大学环境科学与工程学院副院长







  • Christian BÜTTNER博士, 联合国可持续发展教育(纽伦堡)专业区域中心主任
  • Thomas PFLUGER先生, 德国维尔德波尔茨里德市议会议员



Dr. Kees Baldé

Dr. Kees Baldé is a Senior Programme Officer at the Sustainable Cycles Programme at the United Nations University. He is the focal point for statistics, builds capacity in developing countries, gives policy advice to countries on e-waste, supervises staff and strategically develops the team. He is the main author of the Global E-waste Monitors that he prepared together with the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership. In the EU, Kees is involved in research projects focusing on circular economy, urban mining and critical raw materials (e.g. ORAMA and ProSUM).

Kees Baldé博士是联合国大学与联合国培训与调查研究所可持续循环项目高级干事。他主要负责协调统计工作、推进发展中国家的能力建设、向各国提供有关电子废物的政策建议、监督工作人员并从战略上发展团队。他是《全球电子废物监测》的主要作者(与全球电子废物统计伙伴关系共同编写)。在欧盟范围内,Baldé博士参与了以循环经济、城市采矿和关键原材料为重点的研究项目。


Niclas Svenningsen

Niclas Svenningsen is the Manager for Global Climate Action at UNFCCC. He is responsible for UNFCCC’s different initiatives related to engaging non-party stakeholders (private sector, civil society, cities, etc) in climate action. This includes work with a diversity of sectors, ranging from industry, energy and oceans to fashion, tourism and sports, as well as many different stakeholder groups including governments, youth, universities, researchers, innovators and many more.

Niclas Svenningsen是《联合国气候变化框架公约》(UNFCCC)全球气候行动小组经理。他负责协调《联合国气候变化框架公约》与非缔约方利益相关者(私营部门、民间社会、城市等)参与气候行动的不同举措。这包括与不同部门的合作,从工业、能源和海洋到时尚、旅游和体育,以及许多不同的利益相关者群体,包括政府、青年、大学、研究人员、创新者等等。


Xiaoxiao Milz-Chen

Xiaoxiao Milz-Chen is an enthusiastic professional in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate Sustainability and cross-sectoral partnerships with many years of working experience in multinationals (Siemens, Volkswagen, Lenovo) and NGOs (Junior Achievement). Currently she works for a major German tech start-up, FlixMobility. FlixMobility is a global mobility provider offering new alternatives for convenient, affordable and environmentally friendly travel via FlixBus and FlixTrain. She is leading the corporate sustainability efforts and shaping the journey to achieve the company’s climate vision: 100% carbon neutral by 2030.  Having worked both in China and Germany, at the unique intersection of business and social sectors, Xiaoxiao keeps driving Sustainable Development Goals in the corporate arena. As one of the earliest practitioners of CSR in China since 2008, she has helped to build bridges between multinationals and their diverse Chinese partners incl. governmental bodies, foundations, NGOs, academia, media and local communities. She obtained an Executive Master of Public Administration degree at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Xiaoxiao Milz-Chen是一位热心的专业人士,在企业社会责任、企业可持续发展和跨部门合作领域有多年的工作经验,曾在跨国公司(西门子、大众、联想)和非政府组织(青少年成就组织)工作。目前,她在德国一家大型科技创业公司FlixMobility工作。FlixMobility是一家全球性的移动服务提供商,通过FlixBus和FlixTrain为方便、实惠和环保的旅行提供新的选择。她正在领导公司的可持续发展工作,并为实现公司的气候愿景:2030年实现100%碳中和而努力。她曾在中国和德国工作过,在商业和社会的独特交汇点上,Xiaoxiao在企业领域不断推动可持续发展目标的实现。自2008年以来,作为中国最早的企业社会责任实践者之一,她帮助跨国企业和他们在中国的不同合作伙伴,包括政府机构、基金会、非政府组织、学术界、媒体和当地社区之间建立了桥梁。她曾在柏林柏林赫尔梯行政学院获得了公共管理硕士学位。


Philip Vaughter

Philip Vaughter joined the Education for Sustainable Development Programme at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in June of 2015. A native to Minnesota in the United States, he received an undergraduate degree in biology from Iowa State University in the United States and a post-graduate degree in Environmental Sciences from University of Victoria in New Zealand before returning to Minnesota to complete his PhD in Conservation Biology with a focus on Environmental Policy.

Philip Vaughter于2015年6月加入联合国大学可持续性高等研究所的教育促进可持续发展项目组。他是土生土长的美国明尼苏达州人,在美国爱荷华州立大学获得生物学本科学位,并在新西兰维多利亚大学获得环境科学研究生学位,之后回到明尼苏达州完成保护生物学博士学位,重点研究环境政策。


Janne Leino

Janne Leino, Vice Director of RCE Hangzhou and Chief Representative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s (HSF) Representative Office in Zhejiang, China. Janne Leino has been leading projects on sustainable development in China since 2015. In these projects the focus lies on enabling policy level dialogues between German and Chinese officials as well as training practitioners in the field of education for sustainable development. Previously he was engaged with EU institutions in Brussels on topics like sustainable agriculture and environmental protection.



Tudor-Petru FABIAN

A multilingual policy analyst based in Brussels, working since five years as Policy Advisor to the MEP Iuliu Winkler, Vice-Chair of the International Trade Committee in the European Parliament. Primary area of activity is international trade, particularly EU-China relations and transatlantic trade and investment, with some additional focus on FDI Screening Mechanism, EU-Vietnam agreements and EU-Australia FTA negotiations. Previous work experience includes the EU Delegation in Seoul, South Korea, the International Crisis Group and NATO HQ in Brussels. The academic background is a Bachelor’s in European Studies at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, and a Master’s in EU Studies and International Relations also in Maastricht. Currently undergoing PhD research on hybrid threats at the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB).

驻布鲁塞尔的多语种政策分析员,自五年前起担任欧洲议会国际贸易委员会副主席Iuliu Winkler议员的政策顾问。主要活动领域是国际贸易,特别是欧盟—中国关系和跨大西洋贸易和投资,另外还关注外国直接投资筛选机制、欧盟—越南协议和欧盟—澳大利亚自贸协定谈判。他曾在欧盟驻韩国首尔代表团、国际危机组织和布鲁塞尔北约总部等机构工作。他曾获得荷兰马斯特里赫特大学欧洲研究学士学位、欧盟研究和国际关系硕士学位。目前,他正在布鲁塞尔自由大学欧洲研究所进行关于混合威胁的博士研究。


Dr. Christoph NEDOPIL WANG

Dr. Chistoph NEDOPIL WANG is the Founding Director of the Green BRI Center at the International Institute of Green Finance in Beijing, China; senior research fellow at the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing and the founder of two award-winning technology and innovation companies.

Christoph is a member of the Belt and Road Initiative Green Coalition (BRIGC) of the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment. He has influenced sustainability policies of Chinese domestic and outbound business activities and provided research amongst others for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Ministry of Commerce and multilateral institutions (e.g. UNDP, UNESCAP).

Christoph holds a Master of Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School as well as a PhD in Economics. He has extensive experience in sustainability, innovation, corporate governance and finance. He has authored over 100 publications on sustainability, innovation, finance and corporate governance, including four book, such as “Navigating through Crises” or “Corporate Governance – Handbook for Board Directors”, published by the world bank.

Chistoph NEDOPIL WANG博士是中央财经大学绿色金融国际研究院绿色一带一路实验室负责人、中央财经大学高级研究员,也是两家获奖科技创新公司的创始人。Chistoph是生态环境部“一带一路”绿色发展国际联盟的成员。他影响了中国国内和对外商业活动的可持续发展政策,并为中国环境与发展国际合作委员会(CCICED)、生态环境部、商务部和多边机构(如联合国开发计划署、联合国亚太经社会)等提供研究。Chistoph拥有柏林工业大学工程学和哈佛大学肯尼迪学院公共管理学双硕士学位、柏林工业大学经济学博士学位。他在可持续发展、创新、公司治理和金融方面有着丰富的经验。他撰写了100多篇关于可持续发展、创新、金融和公司治理的文章,包括四本书,如世界银行出版的 "危机中的导航 "或 "公司治理——董事会成员手册"。


Jan Dresel

Jan Dresel is resident representative of the Moscow office of Hanns Seidel Foundation. Before he worked for 13 years for private businesses on the European markets and in Russia.

Jan Dresel是德国汉斯·赛德尔基金会莫斯科办事处的常驻代表。在此之前,他曾在欧洲市场和俄罗斯的私营企业工作了13年。


LI Liping

Director of Policy Research Center for Environmental and Economy, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, expert of the national environmental protection trainers' pool. She was awarded a second prize and a third prize of scientific and technological progress of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. She has presided over more than 40 ministerial and international cooperation projects and published more than 10 monographs in Chinese and English as the first author, and more than 70 articles in journals and magazines.




LIU Keqin

Researcher, executive director of Liangshan College (Lishui) China, expert of Zhejiang Provincial People's Congress think tank, consultant of higher education development planning of the Ministry of Education. He is also leader of Zhejiang Provincial Social Science Key New Specialized Think Tank and the Zhijiang Science and Technology Think Tank Research Base. His research interests include higher education and higher vocational and technical education. He has presided over more than 20 research projects of the National Social Science Foundation of China and published more than 20 papers in journals such as Education Research. He has published five monographs, including “Farmer's College”, and more than 20 articles in magazines such as “Education Research”.




Prof. LI Youping

Vice dean of College of Environmental Science and Engineering, China West Normal University, director of the Center for Environmental Education, and instructor of the Environmental Education Association. He is a senior member of the Chinese Society of Environmental Science and a director of the Sichuan Environmental Science Society. He has been awarded as the National Advanced Individual in Environmental Science Popularization in the 12th Five-Year Plan, the First Ten Green Pioneers of Sichuan Province, and the Teacher of Educational Reform and Innovation Development in Sichuan Province.




Dr. PAN Yaozhen

Dr. PAN is PhD in Comparative Education from East China Normal University, she is a teacher at the School of Education of Zhejiang International Studies University, she is also a part-time researcher at Zhejiang STEAM Education Collaborative Innovation Center, and a researcher at Illinois Institute of Technology. She studied at Illinois Institute of Technology for 4 years in the United States of America. Her research interests include science education, STEM education and sustainable development education, and teacher training in STEM education.




Thomas Pfluger

Thomas Pfluger, electronic engineer of the technical university of Munich, Bavaria is member of the Municipal Council of the city of Wildpoldsried. He is specialised in all subjects of renewable energy gener-ation and usage and will present Wildpoldsried, a small community in the south of Germany with about 2600 Citizens, which generates from renewable energy sources more than 7,5 times of the local needs. With the help of research projects for renewable energy the local grid became a smart grid and is opti-mized in a continuous improvement process. Last year Wildpoldsried was awarded with the gold medal as the best energy community in Europe with over 92 %. Before Corona more than 100 visitor groups from all over the world a year came to get information’s about the Success story of Wildpoldsried.

Thomas Pfluger,慕尼黑工业大学的电子工程师、维尔德波尔茨里德市议会的成员。他擅长可再生能源的产生和使用的相关主题,并将介绍维尔德波尔茨里德市,一个位于德国南部、约有2600名市民的乡镇——其可再生能源发电量是当地需求的7.5倍以上。在可再生能源研究项目的帮助下,当地形成了一个智能电网,并在不断改进的过程中实现了优化。去年,维尔德波尔茨里德市获得了欧洲最佳能源社区的金奖,投票率超过92%。在疫情爆发之前,每年有超过100个来自世界各地的访问团前来了解维尔德波尔茨里德市的成功故事。


Dr. Christian Büttner

Dr. Christian Büttner is director of the RCE (Regional Center of Expertise of the United Nations University) Nuremberg and director Institute for Pedagogy and School Psychology Nuremberg. Since 2012 Dr. Büttner is member of the German delegation for ESD at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and takes part in the sections teacher training and vocational schools. In 2015 he was nominated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science to be Member of the target group “Citizenship and Cities” of the National Platform of Education for Sustainability Development (ESD) in Germany and appointed to be Speaker of the German RCEs in 2016.

Christian Büttner博士是联合国可持续发展教育(纽伦堡)专业区域中心(RCE Nuremberg)主任、纽伦堡教育学和学校心理学研究所所长。自2012年起,Büttner博士是联合国欧洲经济委员会(UNECE)德国可持续发展教育代表团的成员,并参与教师培训和职业学校的部分工作。2015年,他被联邦教育和科学部提名为德国可持续发展教育(ESD)国家平台 "公民与城市 "目标小组成员,2016年被任命为德国RCE发言人。


Dr. Michael Klaus

Dr. Klaus is leading the Project “Development of Rural Areas in China”, a component of the “Regional Project China” of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. He started his professional career as civil servant at the Bavarian Administration for Development of Rural Areas and was transposed to University of Technology Munich, where he worked from August 1995 to February 2019 at the Chair of Land Management. In May 2012, he was appointed by the Hanns Seidel Foundation as the Chief Representative of the Foundation's Rural Development Program, and is responsible for the work of the Sino-German Education and Research Center for Landmanagement Qingzhou. In March 2019 he was transposed as Director to the Bavarian Administration for Rural Development.

克劳斯博士负责领导汉斯·塞德尔基金会“中国区域项目” 中的“中国农村地区发展”项目。他起初任职于巴伐利亚州农村发展管理局,并作为公务员调任至慕尼黑工业大学,从1995年8月到2019年2月在该校土地管理系任教。2012年5月,他被汉斯·塞德尔基金会任命为农村发展项目首席代表,负责中德土地整理与农村发展培训中心的工作。2019年3月,他从慕尼黑工业大学调回上巴伐利亚地区农村发展局,并担任部门负责人。


Marianne Kettunen

Marianne Kettunen (MSc) is the Head of Global Challenges and SDGs Programme at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). Marianne leads IEEP’s portfolio of work aimed at improving EU’s contributions to the delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the global context, in particular the role of environment and environmental policies in delivering social and economic benefits. This includes the integration of environment into trade policy and addressing the global spillover impacts of European consumption and production. Marianne is the lead author of recent IEEP flagship policy reports on trade, including delivering an EU Green Deal for trade and the environment, and improving policy coherence between EU circular economy and trade to support sustainable development. She is currently leading multiple projects linked to ‘greening’ of trade, including the assessment of ecosystem and biodiversity impacts in the context of EU trade negotiations.

Marianne Kettunen是欧洲环境政策研究所全球挑战和可持续发展目标方案的负责人。由她领导的工作旨在提升欧盟在全球范围内对实现可持续发展目标的贡献,特别是环境和环境政策在提升社会和经济效益方面的作用。这包括将环境纳入贸易政策,以及解决欧洲消费和生产的全球溢出影响。她同时还是欧洲环境政策研究所最近关于贸易的旗舰政策报告的主要作者,内容包括欧盟贸易和环境绿色协议、提高欧盟循环经济和贸易之间的政策一致性以支持可持续发展。她目前正在领导多个与贸易绿化有关的项目,包括在欧盟贸易谈判中评估生态系统和生物多样性的影响。


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