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CCAN Annual Meeting 2019 – Participatory Approach to Joint Network Development


Delegates from nearly 40 NGO delegates across China took part in the CCAN Annual Meeting 2019 from May 22 to 23, 2019. The event was hosted by the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), and organized by the Chongqing Renewable Energy Society.


First of all, Wang Xiangyi, Deputy Secretary-General of CANGO, delivered an opening speech for this event, in which she summarized the past endeavors of CCAN from a macro perspective, and proposed a constructive plan as to where CCAN will forge ahead. Zhu Zhenyan, a project official from the Beijing Representative Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (Germany), introduced the Foundation and affirmed the highlights of the event, the level of the agenda, and the capacity building of member institutions combined with corporate social responsibility (CSR). Ma Dingping, Secretary-General of the Chongqing Renewable Energy Society, also welcomed the participation of CCAN members on behalf of the local cooperative agencies of the meeting. Subsequently, Li Xiajie, Program Manager of CANGO, made a brief on CCAN's work in 2018 and came up with a work plan for 2019. Wang Yuan, Director of the Low Carbon Exhibition Hall of the Friends of Nature, introduced to the delegates the evaluation mechanism for member participation for the meeting, in a bid to have a general picture of the past participation of network members, thus opening up room for the upcoming cooperation and development.


The meeting on the morning of May 22 featured two highlights:

1. Lin Jiaqiao, Deputy Director of the Rock Environment and Energy Institute (REEI) in Shunyi District, Beijing, shared with the delegates the results of the Strategy Meeting of the Costa Rica International Climate Action Network (CAN) 2019;

 2. Discussions of CCAN’s quarterly issues and writing framework. The Deputy Director Lin mainly shared the meeting objectives of the CAN Strategy Meeting and the joint action plan of 2019, as well as personal opinions on attending the meeting. This CAN Strategy Annual Meeting hoped that the members across the world can effectively carry out joint actions in the future, ensuring the smooth progress of work plan, said he.


Meanwhile, the need for reforms within and without the network was also proposed at the CAN Strategy Meeting 2019. In view of the CAN member participation methods and levels as mentioned by Lin, and the attention to China’s Belt and Road development, a heated discussion and concern was sparked among the delegates. In the final sharing session, Lin said that by participating in the CAN Annual Meeting 2019 and discussing relevant issues at the meeting, he hoped that CCAN will steer a clearer positioning of the network itself and seize opportunities to effectively and deeply work with international NGOs operating in China on tackling climate change.


CANGO has long been concerned about the work of domestic and foreign NGOs on climate change issues, and accumulated substantial expertise in the field of climate change communication. Li Xiajie, Program Manager of CANGO, brought forward the idea on publishing CCAN quarterly issue and invited the network members to make their own suggestions as well as how to offer strong support for the publishing. Delegates agreed with the idea and advised to clarify in the following regards: clarifying the target audience of the publication, the effect and goal to be achieved, highlighting the core or highlights of the network event, the choice of language, etc. As for the editing, proofreading, typesetting and translation of the quarterly issue, the network members have made clear their willingness to undertake the corresponding work. Some members also indicated that CCAN should develop corresponding mechanisms for the effective implementation of work.


On the afternoon of May 22: China ranks first in terms of the installation capacity and consumption of renewable energy, as a key contributor to addressing global climate change. In order to enhance the delegates’ understanding of renewable energy development in China, they were invited to visit China HZ Wind, a member of Chongqing Renewable Energy Society. The International Department of HZ Wind also designated personnel for elaboration on the development of China's wind power industry and Chongqing's advantages in this respect.


On the afternoon of May 22: China ranks first in terms of the installation capacity and consumption of renewable energy, as a key contributor to addressing global climate change. In order to enhance the delegates’ understanding of renewable energy development in China, they were invited to visit China HZ Wind, a member of Chongqing Renewable Energy Society. The International Department of HZ Wind also designated personnel for elaboration on the development of China's wind power industry and Chongqing's advantages in this respect.


On the morning of May 23, Yu Qingchan, Program Manager of Climate Change of GEI shared information regarding the main content, setting, evaluation mechanism, and NGOs’ participation for the Asia-Pacific Stakeholders Workshop of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held in Singapore from May 7 to 8, 2019; He Xichuan, General Manager of Chongqing Region of Broad Group shared their contribution to tackling climate change in terms of CSR and products; Wang Yuan, Director of the Low Carbon Exhibition Hall of the Friends of Nature, led delegates to understand the "2019 China Civil Climate Action Stories" in a participatory approach. Group discussions were held among these delegates to co-shape the framework of Chinese Stories and produce the prototype of stories for the attention of international institutions and media, resources and communication channels.


On the afternoon of May 23, Tan Liya, Communication Director of Green Anhui Environmental Development Center, led the delegates to discuss how NGOs can participate in the UN Secretary-General Summit. Preliminary discussions were centered on the current work, the future work plan and the desirable support to seek the participatory plan of NGOS in making policy suggestions; Chen Yongsong, Director of Lijiang Green Education Center introduced NGOs participation in the Convention on Biodiversity. Finally, the delegates filled out the evaluation form of the meeting and made recommendations on the organization and content of the meeting. They said that the Chongqing annual meeting brought together many NGOs for brainstorming, which was conductive to reaching consensus on action and planning. They also advised on the schedule and agenda of the meeting. They hope to host more capacity building workshops of a similar sort to keep abreast of the updates of international peers and foster stronger ties between members.