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2016

Executive Director of CANGO Huang Haoming attended 2016 Civil Society 20 (C20) and made speech on panel discussion

 
The Civil Society 20 (C20) Summit was held in Qingdao, Shandong Province during July5-6. President Xi Jinping sent a message of congratulations to the summit. State Councilor Yang Jiechi delivered Xi's message to the opening ceremony saying that the theme of the event "Poverty Eradication, Green Development and Innovation" is in accordance with the theme of the upcoming G20 summit, showing the close attention that the civil society pays toward these fields. The meeting was co-hosted by China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) and UN Association of China (UNA-China), with 210 participants from more than 170 NGOs in over 50 countries and regions.
Three panel discussions were held on July 5, studying the role of civil society in poverty eradication, green development and innovation respectively. Executive Director of CANGO Huang Haoming was invited to join in the green development panel discussion and made a speech about civil society engaging in green development, especially in climate change and energy, also sustainable finance and investment. During Q&A session, he made a suggestion of institutionalization of a G20 NGO network,which might play a role in improving Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and New Development Bank’s performance in social and environmental responsibilities. These recommendations were also mentioned in July 6’s Plenary Session by Vice Chairman of the Chinese Society for Sustainable Development Professor He Jiankun during his report of the green development panel discussion.
The closing ceremony of Civil Society 20 was held on July 6. Communiqué of Civil Society 20 China 2016 was handed over to Special Envoy on G20 Affairs Wang Xiaolong during the closing ceremony by Secretary General of CNIE You Jianhua. The Special Envoy said the Communiqué will be delivered to President Xi through G20/C20 preparatory committee and to G20 leaders by Sherpas to promote more engagement of civil society in G20.
Vice-Chairman of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and President of CNIE Sun Jiazheng appreciated all parties’ participation and efforts. He encouraged civil society to vigorously make its own contribution to the well-being of all nations and the work of the 2016 G20 with the spirit of the Communiqué. 
Director of International Department, CANGO, Wang Xiangyi participated in the C20 meeting. After the meeting, there were an unveiling ceremony of C20 memorial sculpture and C20 friendship forest tree planting in Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition, followed by a group field visit to Haier Group and Qingdao Beer Museum in July 6’s afternoon.
 
Appendix
Policy Recommendation of Civil Society Engaging in Green Development: Climate Change and Energy & Sustainable Finance and Investment
1. Ratify Paris Agreement as soon as possible, preferably within 2016, and commit to decarbonising its economies by 2050; Develop and communicate national long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies as soon as possible and well within the schedule provided by the COP21 decision; Urgently increase the ambition in current INDCs, to close the emission reduction gap, and ensure future NDCs move the world along an emissions pathway consistent with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement; Operationalise the long-term emission reduction goal in national development planning in line with deep decarbonisation pathway to limit the global temperature increase well below 2 degree C and aim for the 1.5 degree C vision agreed in COP21.
2. Increase public support for renewable energy to ensure affordable, reliable and sustainable energy access for all by 2030, especially to strengthen livelihoods in rural area of developing countries.
3. Expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries. Operationalise technology transfer and financial support as well as capacity building for developing countries to develop and maintain renewable and energy efficiency infrastructure. 
4. Set a clear timeline for the full and equitable phase-out of all fossil fuel subsidies by 2020, with an exit-date for coal, and an immediate elimination of subsidies for fossil fuel exploration.
5. Develop long-term climate legislation and robust policy frameworks to channel public and private investments away from oil, gas, and coal projects into low-carbon and climate-resilient fields, both domestically and internationally by 2020.
6. Set a roadmap and timeline to fulfil the pledges that developed nations will jointly mobilize USD 100 billion per year by 2020; ensure the sources of climate finance are new and additional; ensure that at least 50% of climate finance in GCF will be allocated to build the resilience of the most vulnerable people to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change.
7. Encourage countries that are capable and willing to develop innovative financial sources to help vulnerable communities to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change.
8. Disclose climate and carbon risks in the financial sector, and develop strict low-carbon policy frameworks to control impacts on the climate and environment of international and domestic investment activities. Agree on a mechanism/set up an earmarked fund to redirect billions of revenues from the existing carbon pricing mechanisms to support climate actions at home and abroad.
9. Establish a low carbon cities collaboration mechanism under G20 framework to promote the design and development of eco/liveable cities. Establish comprehensive review and evaluation mechanism in order to further improve or guide further policies or measures.
10. To integrate green finance and investment into national development strategy, actively prevent and manage negative environmental and social impact from finance and investing actions;
11. To include information disclosure into laws and regulations, require finance institutes and enterprises to improve information disclosure and transparency in environment, social and climate impact and to guarantee consultation and monitor from community and civil society;
12. To strengthen the enforcement of multi-lateral financial institutions’ environment and social safeguards and establish robust accountability and grievance mechanism;
 13. To actively develop green financial products and services and introduce public and social fund to be involve into green projects;
14. Strengthen communication and cooperation among government sectors, finance institutions, non-finance enterprises and civil society and combine all efforts to develop investment model with the least foot prints.