Zhang Xinsheng, China

12 April 2012 | Article
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The 21st century must be the age of sustainable development. Despite strides in science, technology and communication and advances in development, poverty continues to be rampant and the world is mired in manifold crises.

The challenges humanity faces, especially in the environmental field, require a well-coordinated set of effective international, regional and local action to ensure the conservation of nature, natural resources, biodiversity, the oceans and to tackle climate change. We must bridge all divides and reconcile countries at different stages of development so as to build the future we want. A readiness to promote conservation and sustainability in innovative ways will be central to IUCN’s Council agenda.

If elected, I will bring a vast experience in leadership, covering business, municipal, provincial and central governments, international organizations, academia and NGOs. My record attests to my ability to build effective teams, to engage in effective communications, to forge consensus and multi-stakeholder approaches and to innovate for a common cause. An open leadership style shall permeate IUCN, while remaining relevant, responsive and forward-looking. Strategic planning, consensus-building and partnership development in a spirit of harmony will underpin my efforts, to earn every day the trust and collaborative support of Members, partners and stakeholders.


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1 ZHANG Xinsheng
Reply to What could a Chinese bring to this leading conservation organization?
Thank you for the question. Although there are conflicts between rapid economic growth and conservation, if one looks at the challenge in a more creative way, many countries have found ways to join rapid economic growth with conservation efforts that results in less cost and more productivity. For example, during past 30 years, China has been experiencing a transformation to a more sustainable development way, such as what China has done on energy policies along with their sustainable city development effort. However, I believe there are still lots to learn.
September 12, 2012 - 04:29
2 Sonia Mendieta de Badaroux Former President of the Executive Board of UNESCO
In support of Mr ZHANG Xinsheng
I am very happy to learn that a personality like Mr ZHANG Xinsheng is a candidate for President of IUCN.
As a person Mr Zhang is a man of peace, consensus and wisdom.
For Mr ZHANG all countries are important and equal.
Mr ZHANG has a solid experience based on his diverse professional career and ability to deal with multilateral matters. As a former President of the Executive Board of UNESCO I wish Mr ZHANG success in this election.
September 11, 2012 - 13:53
3 ZHANG Xinsheng
Reply: What role should developing countries should play in sustainable development?
Dear Dr. Chen Ji,

One of challenges that developing countries are facing is to achieve economic development while conserve the nature. As I expressed before, the developing countries should especially look at new opportunities from these challenges, such as the idea of Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication which has been adopted by over 100 countries during UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) is one of the new opportunities. If the developing countries can address this issue appropriately, I believe it woul
September 10, 2012 - 17:59
4 Prof. Frederick Dubee Chair, World Conference on Biodiversity - Biod 2013.
In support of Mr. Zhang Xinsheng
Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of the IUCN which over the years has excelled in finding pragmatic solutions to conservation and development challenges in an increasingly complex world. In this dynamic context, in depth, "in the DNA" understanding, commitment to consensus building, to creating platforms for disruptive change with hands on experience in successfully transcending challenges too often are seen as intractable especially in the developing world combined with proactive respect for all stakeholders are rank highest among my criteria for supporting Mr. Zhang.
September 6, 2012 - 11:58
5 Isabel de Felipe Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Reconcilation of countries at different stages of development
Dear Mr Zhang, I am a professor at the University. I would like to pay special attention to the coordination of the development policies in countries with differente levels. So far, I understand there is a discrimination in many of the political issues. I hope you can manage this point. Good luck¡
September 5, 2012 - 22:16
6 Pilar Rodriguez
In support of Mr. Zhang Xinsheng
I think that you are really committed to sustainable development and aimed to work on forging consensus, being that a crucial task at this moment.
I hope your success in the elections.

September 5, 2012 - 14:51
7 Ana Martínez Osés University of Alicante
In support of Mr. Zhang Xinsheng
Dear Mr. Xinsheng,

Reading your background I have seen that you have always been deeply committed to biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and poverty reduction. In that sense for me one of the most interesting points of your candidature is your intention to reinforce communication between the internal partnerships of IUCN in order to empower it to advance the impact and standing of IUCN worldwide.

I hope very much your success in the elections.
September 5, 2012 - 10:34
8 Martin Lees Rector Emeritus, University for Peace
In support of Mr. Zhang Xinsheng
Mr. Zhang Xinsheng has shown leadership, vision and realism in urban management, government policy and multilateral cooperation. His diverse experience enables him to integrate the issues of biodiversity and ecosystems conservation, natural resource use and climate with growth and development, poverty reduction, education and cultural diversity. With a deep understanding of the key issues and an international perspective he can enhance IUCN by building consensus and partnerships and stimulating policy innovation to defend the ecological and environmental systems of our fragile planet.
September 5, 2012 - 09:16
9 JI CHEN Michigan State University
The roles of developing countries play in sustainable development
Hi Dr. Zhang Xinsheng
I am excited that you are in the election for the president of IUCN. As you are from China, I am asking that in your opinion, what roles that developing countries should play in sustainable development? what specific contributions they will make, and what responsibilities they will mainly take? Wish you a success in the election!
Regards
Dr. Chen Ji

September 5, 2012 - 04:59
10 JI CHEN Michigan State University
What role should developing countries should play in sustainable development?
Hi Dr. Zhang Xinsheng,
I am excited that you are in the election for the president of IUCN. As you are from China, I am asking that in your opinion, what roles that developing countries should play in sustainable development? what specific contributions they will make, and what responsibilities they will mainly take? Wish you a success in the election!
Regards,
Dr. Chen Ji

September 5, 2012 - 04:56
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