Omid Memarian

Friday, August 08, 2008

CHINA: Greening of the Games
(My piece about the Olympics and the environmental concerns, appreared on IPS 

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 7 (IPS) - Though human rights and environmental issues -- such as censorship and pollution in Beijing -- have been the two major focuses of criticism levelled against the Chinese government during the lead up to the Olympic games, Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is expected to address some of Beijing’s environmental successes during the opening ceremonies.

In continuing support for the Greening of the Games initiative, Steiner will take part in the Olympic Torch Relay before attending the opening ceremony. He will also meet with Zhou Shengxian, China's environment minister, and Wan Gang, the minister for science and technology. (read the rest of the story here)


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