Pathway was first conceived in December 2010 when a group of influential individuals from China and Europe convened in Geneva, Switzerland to present their solutions to sustainable development challenges and to overcome barriers for collaboration between China and the rest of the world.
Following the gathering, the group decided to develop its first major initiative seeking to establish a venue in China for collaboration around sustainable development.
In May 2011, together with the Beijing Sustainable Development Committee, it convened an international conference in Deyang, Sichuan, under the theme “Disaster Management, Prevention and Post-Disaster Reconstruction” to commemorate the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake and discuss the launch of a series of initiatives.
At that occasion, the People’s Government of Deyang announced through its Mayor the establishment of a permanent high-level Forum that convenes leaders and experts from all walks of life to collaborate and activate projects that advance sustainable development.
Two preparatory meetings were then held in August and November 2011 in Beijing gathering international and Chinese stakeholders and, as a result, the Hanwang Forum was established and has been officially approved by Sichuan Province.
At the same time, Pathway was formally established as a non-profit association in Switzerland, from where it supports the development of the Forum and drives the design and implementation of public-private partnerships.
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Countess Jean Ahlefeldt-Laurvig of Denmark
Yvo de Boer, Partner KPMG, former chair of UNFCCC
Klaus Frandsen, Chairman of the Social-Liberal Party in Denmark
Niels-Joergen Thoegersen, Honorary Director-General, EU
Daniel Meiland, Honorary Chairman, Egon Zehnder International