The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) has convened its Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the theme “Building an Inclusive, Green and Low-Carbon Economy”. The meeting brought together leading sustainability experts from around the world to make recommendations on China’s environmental and development policies and its contributions to global environmental governance processes.
The 2022 CCICED AGM was held in Beijing, China, and online, June 13-16, 2022. It marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Council. The AGM met in plenary and included a closed executive meeting. On June 15, CCICED Chief Advisors chaired an online event where CCICED released several policy and scoping studies and a study on gender mainstreaming.
The AGA also featured open online forums on: green digital transformation for sustainability; green supply chains; linking river basin management to natural resilience; ocean governance; the construction of a Green Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to stimulate the green and low-carbon transition in the world; nature-based solutions and assessment of ecological benefits; and the synergy of economic growth, energy security and climate action for sustained growth. The results of each of the open forums were reported to the AGM.
Gathered in plenary, the speakers recognized the CCICED for its 30 years of efforts to “enable the international community to understand China and support China’s engagement in the world”. They recognized the Council’s role as “a unique mechanism that provides a direct channel for Chinese leaders and policymakers”, and noted that since its establishment, more than 1,000 Chinese and foreign experts have contributed to more than 100 research projects. , which produced more than 300 policy recommendations.
Huang Runqiu, Executive Vice President of CCICED and China’s Minister of Ecology and Environment, recognized CCICED as a multilateral platform on environment and development, which has led to transformational change in China, international exchange of expertise and mutual trust and friendship. He noted that the CCICED was entering its seventh phase and called for innovation to serve as the main driver to open new paths for sustainable development.
Zhou Shengxian, China’s former minister of environmental protection, said the CCICED can provide comprehensive policy recommendations to support China’s journey towards “a modern socialist society”.
Steven Guilbeault, CCICED’s Executive Vice-President and Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, said CCICED’s seventh phase is critical to addressing challenges related to decarbonization, biodiversity loss, and climate change. greening supply chains.
Inger Andersen, CCICED Vice-Chair and Executive Director, UN Environment Program (UNEP), highlighted Chinese leadership on: carbon peaking and neutrality; renewable energy and energy efficiency; the greening of the BRI; the circular economy; scanning; and financial systems to invest in healthy ecosystems.
Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum (WEF), said the Council has established itself not only as a champion of sustainable development, but also as a vital resource for forward-looking policy direction.
Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), called for soul-searching after the shocks the world has suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine.
Kristin Halvorsen, director of the Center for International Climate Research (CICERO), urged rigorous implementation of climate policies while avoiding letting short-term fixes jeopardize long-term goals.
Noting growing pressure to use security concerns to dilute, delay or abandon climate action, Scott Vaughan, CCICED International Chief Advisor, stressed the critical importance of effective implementation to achieve tangible results.
Liu Shijin, CCICED’s China Chief Advisor, noted the consensus among AGM participants on the need to balance growth and security with long-term sustainable development and the importance of prioritizing investment. greens. He stressed the need to: stabilize existing energy production while developing new installed capacity; disaggregate national targets for different cities and regions; and lay a solid foundation for future development by simultaneously promoting digital and green transitions.
Concluding the AGM, Han Zheng, Chinese Vice Premier and Chairman of CCICED, said China needs to strike a balance between a clean energy transition and a secure energy supply by building new renewable energy capacity before phase out coal-fired power generation, highlighting the need to double renewable energy generation in five years. . He thanked the Council for its three decades of support for China’s sustainable development and said the AGM discussions “inspired him to hope for a green and beautiful world”.
The CCICED is a high-level international advisory body composed of members and experts from government, enterprises, international organizations, research institutes and social organizations from China and abroad. CCICED conducts in-depth, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary research that integrates environmental, economic and social concerns and draws on advanced international concepts, policies, technologies and best practices, with the goal of advancing ecological civilization and sustainable development. [Earth Negotiation Bulletin Coverage of CCICED 2022 AGM] [CCICED Website] [SDG Knowledge Hub Story on CCICED 2021 AGM]