Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks at the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Signing Ceremony at the Department of State on May 10, 2011. She was joined by Chinese Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission Minister Xie Zhenhua. Secretary Clinton underscored how the program will help us solve some of our most profound environmental challenges, while also creating new jobs in both the United States and China.
Secretary Clinton said, "We are very committed to this relationship, and we know it needs to expand beyond the government-to-government conversations. We need to harness the unique skills of both of our cities, our states, our universities, our private companies, our civil societies to find solutions to common problems. That is especially true when it comes to clean energy, energy security, environmental stability, and climate change. Both of our countries have companies that are developing new and exciting technologies, universities that are doing groundbreaking research, and local governments that have unique perspectives on the community environmental issues they face which can have a global impact.
"This EcoPartnership program was founded to bring these groups together to share best practices, foster innovation, and encourage sustainable development. Already, the original group of seven eco-partners has generated results, and today, we are admitting six new groups of exciting and promising partners to the list. All of these collaborations have the potential to help us solve some of our most profound environmental challenges and, at the same time, create new jobs in both of our countries. I am confident that these new collaborations will yield innovative solutions, and I look forward to learning more about the results of your work. When it comes to the green economy, local partnerships can have a global impact."
You can read the Secretary's complete remarks here.