CCICED 2019 Annual General Meeting and World Environment Day Celebrations in Hangzhou

The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province from June 2nd to 4th with the theme “A New Era: Towards a New World of Green Prosperity”.

At the AGM, the Special Policy Study (SPS) delegates reported on findings from its eight SPSs and discussed draft recommendations to be submitted to the Chinese government. The development of China’s 14th FYP, which will cover the years 2021-2025, was also a major topic of the AGM, with delegates discussing priorities for it and emphasizing the need to align it with achieving both Chinese and global priorities for sustainability.

2019 Annual General Meeting Photo © CCICED

During the AGM, six parallel open forums were organized on the following topics:

– High-quality development and green transition during the 14th FYP period
– Post-Katowice global climate government
– Global Vision 2050 for biodiversity conservation
– Blue economy and global ocean governance
– Belt and Road Initiative and green urbanization
– Global environment governance and best industry practice

Each forum also produced policy recommendations for CCICED’s input to the Chinese government.

The 2019 UN Environment Programme (UNEP) World Environment Day celebrations took place back-to-back with the CCICED AGM, with China being this year’s global host. The main event was held in Hangzhou with the theme “Beat Air Pollution” on June 5th.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the World Environment Day celebrations, which emphasized joint efforts to solve shared environmental problems and promoted green, low-carbon and sustainable development. The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) released a report on China Air Quality Improvement 2013-2018 at the event. The report shared China’s efforts, attempts and innovations in beating air pollution.

Chinese Vice-Premier, Chairperson of the CCICED Han Zheng attended at the AGM Closing Session and the World Environment Day celebrations. Around 700 participants attended the AGM and more than 1,100 participants attended the World Environment Day celebrations.

China Air Quality Improvement Report 2013-2018 Photo © CCICED
Chart on the right side © MEE

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Sino-German Environmental Partnership II

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)
Implementation Partners
International Environmental Cooperation Office (IECO), MEE; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
09/2017 – 10/2021

Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership has supported bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange of experience and advice on various specialist topics. Thereby, the project enhances institutional and individual capacities through training, the exchange of personnel, and knowledge transfer, to best prepare China for its future as a transformed “Ecological Civilization” and its path towards a “Beautiful China”. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021. Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports its Chinese project partners in transforming the existing environmental management system into a holistic environmental governance system which involves actors from science, industry and civil society. The planned activities lead to an intensification of the German-Chinese strategic environmental dialogue. An enhanced exchange such as this will continue to positively impact China’s proactive ownership of global environmental and climate change responsibilities. This will support the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.