The inaugural China Week, hosted by the Lau China Institute, was held between 25-29 October 2021, in the lead-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Themed on climate change and the environment, the five-day flagship China Week series was a unique forum for discussion on China’s role in addressing the greatest global challenge of our time.
During the week, we hosted a range of in-person, hybrid and online events, including diverse perspectives from 46 speakers across academia, government and industry. With the help of 16 supporting partners, we achieved our goal of facilitating dialogue on China to inform a global audience by sharing our expertise in an accessible way.
The speakers involved in China Week represented a range of leading organisations, including the World Economic Forum, United Nations Environment Programme, Harvard Business School, Chatham House, China Dialogue, the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change at the London School of Economics, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Beijing Normal University, Australian National University, World Resources Institute, the Institute for International Political Studies and more.
Welcoming more than 1,800 guests across the week – both online and in-person – our audience included policymakers, industry leaders, NGOs, researchers and, of course, students.
Check out each individual event for recordings, photos and more details. All of the recorded events are also available on our Youtube channel.
Topics covered during the 2021 China Week included:
- China’s 2060 carbon pledge and the economic transition to a low carbon future
- the ‘green steel’ opportunity
- digital environmental activism in the China
- biodiversity and COP15
- the health impacts of climate change
- the Build Back Better World (B3W) vs the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI)
- the Green Belt & Road
- the role of youth in driving change
Download the 2021 China Week programme (2.98 MB PDF).