Invitation: Ministerial Meeting of the China Europe Water Platform - strengthening cooperation and role of water in green development and Agenda 2030

Excellency,

We have the honour to invite you to the Ministerial Meeting of the China Europe Water Platform which will take place in Turku, Finland, on 21 and 22 September 2017.

The environment and natural resources are top policy priorities both in the People’s Republic of China and in the European Union. In the EU-China Summit joint statement of 29 June 2015, the EU and China agreed to reinforce their cooperation within the framework of the China Europe Water Platform Work (CEWP). The Council of the European Union, in its conclusions of 18 July 2016 endorsed the proposals of the High Representative's and Commission's Joint Communication "Elements for a new EU Strategy on China". According to the Communication, co-operation on water issues, not least through the CEWP, should be reinforced.

Established in 2012, the CEWP is a political initiative and a partnership for promoting policy dialogue on water sector reforms, encouraging capacity-building, technical and business cooperation. It is administered by two secretariats hosted and financed by the Ministry of Water Resources, P. R. China and by the Ministry of the Environment of Denmark on behalf of the EU and its Member States. With a flexible structure, an increasing number of EU Member States are participating in its activities. The annual high-level meeting has been the key event in promoting the policy dialogue between parties.

The next CEWP high-level meeting will be held in Turku, Finland, on 21 and 22 September 2017. During the meeting, the ministers are invited to discuss the future development of the CEWP towards a strategic partnership between China and EU to safeguard water security in China, EU and beyond. The discussion is envisaged to lead to a joint declaration that will guide the future activities of the CEWP. The discussion will include issues such as:

  • lessons learned and future perspectives on the role of water in green development and circular economy in China and Europe
  • implementation of water-related 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the role of business cooperation and the financial organizations in their implementation of water related SDG goals
  • promotion of coherent policies and measures, including improved legislation, integrated management, research and development, water savings and economic instruments such as water pricing

A draft agenda and more specific information will be sent separately at a later date. Meanwhile, if you have any questions please feel free to contact seppo.rekolainen@mmm.fi.

We look forward to your contribution and participation.

Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration.

Karmenu Vella
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
EU Commission

Chen Lei
Minister of Water Resource
People’s Republic of China

Kimmo Tiilikainen
Minister of Agriculture
and the Environment
Republic of Finland