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We Belong Side Events at COP21

"Climate Change: A China Strategy" Video Series


Exchanging for first time on stage was US presidential Green candidate Jill Stein and China’s N°2 Climate change negotiator Sun Zhen.


World leaders, young generations, indigenous communities & explorers

Sino-French Symposium hosted by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

November 27th, 2015

Just a few days ahead of the COP21 conference, this meeting gathered a hundred of French & Chinese leaders involved in building, designing, and planning greener cities.

This event was organized by Association France Chine, in collaboration with We Belong.

With speakers such as:

  • His Excellency ZHAI Jun, Chinese Ambassador to France
  • Pierre Haski, Co-founder, Rue89
  • Michèle PAPPALARDO, Director, Vivapolis
  • MA Yihe马义和, President, Yingchuang Building Technique Co. Ltd
  • SUN Haiyan 孙海燕, Chief Editor, Business Ecology
  • Florence CASTEL, Director, Advancity
  • MENG Zhao Qi, President and CEO, INESA Europe
  • Christian Masset, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Galerie des Solutions – Le Bourget, COP21

Tuesday, December 8th (2.30pm – 4.00 pm)

In a 360° turn, the Chinese government has recently decided to change its growth strategy. “Towards the construction of ecological civilization” is the name of the new policy adopted by its institutions in April 2015. At its core, new Chinese environmental protection values are now juxtaposed and even opposed to those of over-consumption. Giving rise to a new global consensus of environmental economics, China now wants to lead the way.


  • Laurence Brahm, Senior Advisor to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and architect of China’s Ecological Civilization Policy (USA)
  • Jill Stein, Green Party’s 2016 candidate for president of the United States (USA)
  • Sun Zhen – 孙桢, Deputy Director of the Department of Climate Change, National Development and Reform Commission (China)
  • Christine Milne, Global Green Ambassador, former Leader of Australian Greens and Senator for Tasmania (Australia)
  • Sarra Tekola, Leader of the “Divest UW” campaign, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences / Delegate of the Grassroot Global Justice (USA)
  • Céline Cousteau, Member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans, Filmmaker, Explorer, Spokesperson (France)

The Danish think-tank accepted Belong’s invitation to share its some of most impactful stories at the forefront of sustainability innovation. Solutions were selected from more than 1,500 projects on six continents.

The Sustainia100 2015 study showed a paradigm shift in eco-innovation increasingly more and more present in China!


  • Esben Alslund-Lanthén, Editor, Sustainia100
  • Nathalie Bastianelli, CEO, We Belong Foundation (Moderator)

Fairphone, the world’s first sustainable smartphone producer was interviewed by We Belong Foundation, on the TV set of the Gallerie des Solutions.

Fairphone’s mission is to “bring a fair smartphone to the market designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet”.

On the occasion of the release of the Fairphone 2 in France, Tessa Wernink, co-founder and Communication Chief Officer of Fairphone, shared her vision in a high-tech world where the race for power, design and price seem the keywords of competitors. She told us more about its positioning in China, the world’s largest producer and user of smartphones.


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Want to know more about China’s Policy for a Green Economy?

Discover an interview of Laurence Brahm, Senior Advisor to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and architect of China’s Ecological Civilization Policy (USA)