Sustainability in the spotlight as China-Latin America relationship grows

News, 26 March 2014
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Global Environmental Institute (GEI) will hold a meeting in Beijing on 31 March to discuss what China's growing global influence means for sustainable development.

China's growing influence in Latin America will be discussed in Beijing (

Each organisation will also launch a new publication at the event, at which researchers from IIED, GEI and prominent scholars from China and Latin America will present their findings to an audience of NGO staff, journalists, academics and policymakers. 

IIED will launch Sustainability Standards in China-Latin Trade and Investment, a Chinese translation of an earlier report that examines Chinese trade and investment in mining, agriculture and forestry in Chile, Brazil and Peru (see full press release for the English edition). The report shows how complex interactions between regulations, shareholder and investor demands, consumer preferences and civil society pressure shape the sustainability of these new relationships. It says sustainability is increasingly on the agenda in trade and investment relations between the two regions.

"Compared to China-Africa issues, the Chinese impacts in Latin America have received less examination and remain under-researched," says Xiaoxue Weng, a researcher at IIED.

"IIED hopes to shed light on the China-Latin America relationship through our research and partnerships. We have invited two scholars with in-depth fieldwork experience in Latin America to the meeting in Beijing so they can present their latest findings and share their experiences with Chinese scholars, policymakers and practitioners."

GEI will launch Environmental and Social Challenge of China's Going Global. The book includes a review of China's foreign direct investment over the past ten years, the status of China's trade of 20 major bulk commodities over the past five years, and a full analysis of the development of China's foreign aid.

It also compares international and China's domestic environmental policies on trade and investment, and examines typical cases on how Chinese enterprises responding to environmental and social challenges when investing overseas. Prominent Chinese scholars and policymakers, who were involved in producing the book, will attend a panel discussion to share their viewpoints.

This event will be held at 08.30-12.30 on 31 March at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center.

To register, contact Lei Wang (

For more information, contact Xiaoxue Weng (


Mike Shanahan
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Notes to editors

Global Environmental Institute (GEI) is a China-based non-profit, non-governmental organisation established in Beijing in March 2004. As a China-based NGO with an international focus, GEI fuses best practices in sustainable trade and investment, environmental protection, energy conservation and community livelihoods with innovative market mechanisms to drive sustainable development. In addition to the lasting impact of our projects domestically, its strong emphasis on international cooperation on energy and the environment has allowed GEI to assume a leading role in improving China’s environmental impact abroad.

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see:

The project is funded by UK aid from the UK Government, however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK Government.

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