On April 25, 2012, Premier Wen Jiabao attended the Stockholm+40 Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development Ministerial Dialogue jointly with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and delivered a speech in Stockholm, capital of Sweden.
Wen said that the first Conference on Human Environment held by the United Nations in Stockholm 40 years ago marks the general awakening of mankind on the issue of environment and opened a new era of sustainable development. Over the past 40 years, China has participated in all the international conferences with landmark significance to the emergence and development of sustainable development concept, established the basic national policy of resource conservation and environmental protection and made sustainable development a national strategy. In the new century, we take the scientific concept of development as an important guiding principle for economic and social development. The basic idea is to insist on people orientation and achieve comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable development.
He pointed out that China is the largest developing country in the world and is going through rapid industrialization and urbanization. The unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable development remains a serious problem. China is now implementing the 12th Five-Year Plan for economic and social development which reflects the strong determination of the Chinese government that we will never pursue economic growth at the expense of ecological environment and people's health and must take a civilized development path featured by developed production, affluent life and sound ecological environment.
He said that it is the call of the times and also an arduous task in the long run to promote sustainable development. We need to develop innovative concepts, make breakthroughs in practices and take actions hand in hand. We should first of all protect the equal environmental right of everyone and inject robust and lasting vigor for sustainable development. Second, we should stick to the green development road and strike a balance between development and sustainability. Third, we should strengthen global governance of sustainable development. We must attach equal importance to the three pillars of economic growth, social progress and environmental protection, adhere to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, respect the autonomous right of countries to sustainable development and increase the representation and voice of developing countries in the global governance mechanism of sustainable development.
At end of the speech, Wen noted that we only have one earth and all live on this planet. We have the responsibility to join hands to protect the home of all mankind. We shall make sure that "silent spring" will not happen and our earth is a place of bird twitters and flower fragrance forever.
Stockholm+40 Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development Ministerial Dialogue is hosted by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment. Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, Parliament Speaker Per Westerberg and senior officials and ministers of more than 70 countries attended the Dialogue.
Before attending the Forum, Wen met with Westerberg. He conveyed the cordial greetings and best wishes of Chairman Wu Bangguo to Westerberg. Wen said that China and Sweden, faced with profound changes in the international situation, should strengthen high-level communication and enhance mutual understanding and trust. During his visit, the two sides reached important consensus on reinforcing exchanges and cooperation in such fields as economy, trade, science and technology, environmental protection and culture. He believes that with the support of the Swedish Parliament and society the consensus will further push forward the bilateral relations.
Westerberg asked Wen to convey his greetings to Chairman Wu Bangguo. He said that Sweden and China enjoy sound relations and the Swedish Parliament is willing to strengthen exchanges with China's NPC to jointly promote cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, energy efficiency and sustainable development.
On the same day, Wen also met with Peter Wallenberg, Chairman of the Swedish Wallenberg Foundation.