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On September 16th, 2021, Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director of the UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office was invited to visit the UNESCO International Centre on Global-Scale Geochemistry (ICGG) and the Institute of Geophysical and Geochemical Exploration (IGGE), CGS in Langfang, Hebei Province.

During his visit, Prof. Khan discussed with the Director, Executive Director and other scientists of the ICGG and IGGE on the following issues,

1. The 2021 ICGG Online International Training on Geochemical Mapping about to take place on Sept. 28-29;

2. The Governing Board and Scientific Committee Meeting to be held in October;

3. The preparation work for the Periodic Evaluation on the First Six-Year Plan of ICGG;

4. Thoughts and forecasts on the Second Six-Year Plan of ICGG.

Prof. Khan offered his valuable advice on ICGG’s development and shared his rich experience in managing Category 2 Centers.

The ICGG is dedicated to global-scale geochemical research and international cooperation. Its goal is to play the leading role in the development of technical standards in geochemical mapping in China and the world, to provide the basic information for global resource evaluation, environment protection and global changes, to guarantee China's strategic role in global mineral resource allocation, to promote knowledge sharing between developed and developing countries, to serve UNESCO and its member states, and to contribute to the sustainable development of global resources and environments.

The IGGE insists on carrying out scientific research based on the major needs of the country, the frontiers of geological science and technologies and the main fields of the national economy. In the modern geological exploration industry of China, IGGE acts as an innovation base for scientific research on the two disciplines of physical exploration and geochemical exploration, and a source for research and development of related theories, methodologies, technologies and result transformation.