Sino-German Cooperation
on Biodiversity, Climate and Environment
On behalf of International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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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CAO Yun

Advisor
Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change (SGCCC)
yun.cao@giz.de
Ms. Cao facilitates policy exchange between German and Chinese governments and coordinates work streams on south-south-north cooperation, climate legislation and finance to support China in strengthening its climate governance system. Besides, she supports the development of new projects. She studied at Humboldt University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin and Technical University of Munich, having extensive research experiences on climate and energy policies in China and Germany. Before joining GIZ, she worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) for many years.