China and a Sustainable Future: Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society
Luncheon presentation by Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, China
The last three decades have seen China undergo a remarkable economic transformation whereby hundreds of millions have risen out of poverty to pursue better lives. Many of the Millennium Development Goals have already been achieved. However, rapid growth has come at a price, including damage to China's environment and natural resources that if unaddressed could undercut future growth potential. Renata Lok-Dessallien will speak about China's development achievements to date and the key challenges that lie ahead based on UNDP's 30 years of experience in China. In addition, Ms. Goerild M. Heggelund, UNDP China Senior Climate Change Advisor, will introduce the UNDP's latest Human Development Report for China, China and a Sustainable Future: Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society. Prior to her current posting, Lok-Dessallien was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh, and before that, in Bhutan. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in music and received her Master of Arts from Columbia University and Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.