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  • Speaker | 30 March, 2018

    New Health and Demographic Challenges in China

    China has made remarkable progress in raising life expectancy and has one of the lowest rates of child and maternal mortality in the world.  But numerous health and demographic challenges now face China as the rewards of prosperity lead to high rates of ill health from pollution, diet, smoking and the re emergence of microbial resistance and new infectious diseases related to food production and the overuse of antibiotics, livestock practices and other commercial activities.  These health challenges will combine with severe demographic impacts of the 35 year birth control policy affecting the ageing of the population, the skewed sex ratio, and the drop off of new labor force entrants to create some serious public policies challenges in the foreseeable future.
    Joan Kaufman is the NY – based Director for Academic Programs at Schwarzman Scholars, a newly launched elite international master’s program in global affairs at Tsinghua University in China inspired by the Rhodes Scholars program at Oxford University. She is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. An expert on both China and global health policy, she was the Director of Columbia University’s Global Center for East Asia (Beijing) from 2012-2016. She was based at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government from 2002-2010 where she founded and directed the AIDS Public Policy Project. She was Distinguished Scientist at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management from 2003-2012, a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard from 2001-2002. She has lived and worked in China for 15 years since 1980 as the first international program officer for the United Nations Population Fund, Reproductive Health Program Officer for the Ford Foundation from 1996-2001, as the China Team Leader for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative from 2002-2012, and most recently for Columbia University. She has consulted for many foundations and international organizations and publishes frequently on global health policy, HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, reproductive health, population, emerging infectious diseases, and civil society with a focus on China.



    Speaker | 2 April, 2018

    China – From Famine to Gluttony in One Generation

    China’s rapidly industrialized diet has created an obesity epidemic. Diabetes threatens to bankrupt China’s entire healthcare system. Deteriorating diets have also infected societal relationships and labour productivity argues our speaker Peggy Liu. Meanwhile, food is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, largely due to waste, beef and industrialised agriculture. Peggy Liu is on the board of Project Drawdown and will share results from the NYT bestseller Drawdown’s comparative list of 80 top greenhouse gas mitigation solutions. Surprising results, she says, point to food and women’s empowerment as areas that have been ignored as mitigation solutions but present the top opportunities for drawing down carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. In this talk, Peggy Liu will also argue that food education for young families is the golden key to addressing China’s risks to people, planet, country. She will share how the Food Heroes program started in China, is now spreading to other nations.


    Peggy Liu  is chairperson of JUCCCE – an environmental organisation that has been at the heart of the greening of China since 2007.  As one of the leaders in China catalyzing sustainable solutions, Peggy has been hailed as “China’s Green Goddess”. She is a global expert on sustainable diets, sustainable urbanization, smart grid. JUCCCE is most noted for accelerating societal-scale change in diets, sustainable cities, sustainable consumerism and smart grid. In 2007, Peggy organized the MIT Forum on the Future of Energy in China from which JUCCCE was formed. This forum was the first public dialogue between US and Chinese government officials on clean energy in China, just as China was just starting to look seriously at greening itself. In the same year JUCCCE introduced Smart Grid to China that catalyzed USD7.2 billion in initial investment by the State Grid in 2009 as well as their roadmap to implement smart grid by 2020. The organisation also educated more than 1000 Chinese government leaders (mayors and central government) on how to build sustainable cities and helped shape eco-city trends in China over the past 10 years. In 2013 JUCCCE launched Food Heroes – China’s first comprehensive healthy food curriculum for young children.


    FCCC Members free, non-members: 100RMB