The third phase of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) began in 2002. The CCICED is a high-level advisory body that makes recommendations for consideration by the Chinese government on environment and development issues. The Council, launched in 1992, consists of about 20 senior Chinese officials and the same number of international experts.

Key Message - China Council

China faces many challenges as it seeks to ensure that rapid growth promotes sustainable development. IISD has helped to assess the environmental consequences of China's WTO accession, particularly through the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and contributes to the debates concerning the transformation of China's economy and its impact on sustainable development.

The CCICED had been chaired by Wen Jiabao, who later became the Premier of China. Zeng Peiyan, a Vice Premier of China, is the new Chairman of the CCICED. There are several major changes to the CCICED in its third phase. The two most important changes are: 1) the CCICED has appointed two lead experts to act as the gatekeepers for the group; and 2) more flexible Task Forces, with fixed schedules and budgets, have replaced the former Working Groups in an effort to be more responsive to Chinese priorities.

IISD plays important roles on both of these fronts. Arthur Hanson, IISD's Distinguished Fellow and Senior Scientist, has been a member of the Council since 1993 and is now the International Lead Expert. He and well-known Chinese expert, Sun Honglei, are responsible for assessing and making recommendations on the proposals for the establishment of new Task Forces; and for preparing issue papers and assisting in drafting recommendations to the Chinese government during the CCICED AGM. The previous Council functioned without such a screening process.

David Runnalls, IISD's President, is chairing the Task Force on the World Trade Organization and Environment, which replaces the former Working Group on Trade and Environment. The Task Force has been endorsed recently by the Council and expects to make its report in 2004. The Task Force has received funding from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. The Task Force has two specific tasks. The first task is to assess the environmental consequences in selected sectors of China's WTO accession and of the implementation of the Doha Declaration, with an aim to develop appropriate strategies and policy measures to support sustainable trade.

The second task is to strengthen Chinese government and academic expertise in post-Doha trade and environment negotiations and to enable China to contribute positively to the development of WTO rules governing the relationship between trade and environment.

Featured Content

  • Task Force on WTO and Environment (2002-2004)
    Work of an expert group on trade and environment in the context of China under the framework of China Council for International Cooperation for Environment and Development from 2002-2004

  • Working Group on Trade and Environment (1996-2001)
    Work of an expert group on trade and environment in the context of China under the framework of China Council for International Cooperation for Environment and Development during 1996-2001

  • Training Workshop on Trade, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
    A Training Workshop on Trade, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development held in Beijing, China, on October 29-31, 2003. This is a collaborative project between IUCN, ICTSD and China's State Environmental Protection Administration funded by the Secretary for State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, United Kingdom.



For more information, contact:
Dr. Wanhua Yang
Senior Project Manager
International Institute for Sustainable Development
161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3B 0Y4
Tel.: +1 (204) 958-7719
Fax: +1 (204) 958- 7710
E-mail: whyang@iisd.ca

For more information on the CCICED, please visit:
The Chinese Secretariat Web site at http://www.cciced.org/
The Canadian Secretariat Web site at http://www.harbour.sfu.ca/dlam/