CCICED-AGM 2019 – Raising climate ambition through international cooperation

Dec 30, 2019

June 2, 2019 – GIZ supported the opening day of the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), one of the most high-level events in China where key issues on climate governance, biodiversity and green urbanization are intensively discussed. Xie Zhenhua, former Vice-Chair of NDRC, and Åsa Romson, former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden jointly chaired the theme forum on “Post-Katowice Global Climate Governance”. Around the two major topics of “From Katowice to Climate Neutralization” and “Fast and Practical Climate Action Solutions”, the Forum invited Chinese and foreign experts to participate in the discussion and make suggestions.

Keynote speech of Dr. Fisher ©GIZ

Xie Zhenhua introduced the topic, noting that the final outcome of Katowice reflected increased confidence in the international community’s ability in dealing with the gravity of climate change. The trend of global green and low-carbon transformation highlighted by the Paris Agreement could not be changed, which is consistent with China’s strategic choice of pursuing high-quality development and strengthening the construction of ecological civilization.

It was highlighted that Germany and China have accepted that climate change is the common concern of humankind and needs to be addressed through international cooperation. It was suggested to enhance ambition: first, to make the argument through pilots and cooperate to deal with challenges and barriers; second, to enhance specific exchange on technologies and make sure that the climate ambitious people have access to the newest and cleanest technologies available in their sector of work; third, to make a blueprint when updating NDC goals and developing a mid-century strategy (Paris Agreement 4.19).

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Sino-German Climate Partnership III

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE); National Energy Administration of the People's Republic of China (NEA)
Implementation Partners
Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China
09/2017 – 09/2020

Germany and China signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Combatting Climate Change and initiated this bilateral dialogue as "Sino-German Climate Partnership". The project has been established to support the cooperation between the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). The new phase of the project starts in 2018 with close alignment to the restructuring at the Chinese government. In this phase, the project aims to advance the policy dialogue and cooperation with the Chinese partners domestically as well as within the international context of climate change. Part of the work will be supporting the development and implementation of China's medium- and long-term low-carbon development strategies, hence by supporting the Chinese government in strengthening the climate governance system. Domestically the SGCP project supports the policy dialogue on climate change (Sino-German Working Group on Climate Change) and enhances the exchange of German experiences and best practices, this includes strengthening capacities for the development of integrated climate and energy action plans as well as adaptation concepts for cities. On international level the SGCP project enhances the knowledge of both patterns about best practices in regard of climate policies and their implementation. For new cooperation topics identified by the Working Group on Climate Change, the project acts as an incubator for IKI development. As interface for information management, it serves a as a hub for exchange between partners of the IKI within and outside China, especially within the UNFCCC process.