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Sino-Sweden Seminar on Sustainable Urban-Rural Development Held
The Sino-Sweden Seminar on Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development was held in Beijing Hotel on Apr. 15, 2008 with the theme of sustainable urban development. Officials from both China and Sweden attended the meeting, among whom there were Mr. WU Xiaoqing, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection of China, Mr. Andreas Carlgren, Minister of Environment of Sweden, Mr. HAN Wei, Vice Chairman of China Association of Environmental Protection Industry, Dr. Ewa Björling, Minister of Trade of Sweden, Mr. Tor-Bjorn Erik Yngve, Counselor of Commerce of Sweden Trade Commission, Tony Clark, Counselor of Commerce and Investment Promotion and Chief of Center for Environmental Technology of Sweden Embassy in China, Ms. YU Ping, Senior Engineer of Center for Environmental Technology of Sweden Embassy in China, Prof. Ulf Ranhagen, Chief Architect of Sweco Architecture Cor., and Mr. Jan-Eric Sundgren, Vice President of Volvo Group. Mr. SHI Nan, Secretary-general of Urban Planning Society of China and Associate Chief Editor of China City Planning Review, and Prof. MAO Qizhi, Executive Chief Editor of China City Planning Review also attended the seminar.

Mr. Andreas Carlgren, Minister of Environment of Sweden, addressed the opening of the seminar. Regarding Sweden’s leading position in the theoretical and practical fields of sustainable urban development, Ms. Ewa Björling, Minister of Trade of Sweden, delivered her speech titled the Sustainable Development: Pattern and Concept of Sweden, followed by the keynote speech of Sweden’s Experience on Sustainable Urban Development by Prof. Ulf Ranhagen, Chief Architect of Sweco Architecture Cor., and the lecture of Sustainable Transport System in the Future by Mr. Jan-Eric Sundgren, Vice President of Volvo Group. After the speeches, the attendants from both China and Sweden went further to detailed discussions in groups according to their specific fields and interests.

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