About Huiyong Zhang
Huiyong Zhang has been the head of the Secretariat of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) since 2019. CCICED is a high-level advisory body approved by the State Council of China in 1992 with the purpose to introduce advanced sustainable development knowledge and experiences from the international community to China. A special Secretariat has been established in the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China (MEE) with the daily operation duties including policy research, fund raring and management, partnership, and communications. Meanwhile, an International Supporting Office for Secretariat was established in Ottawa by the Canadian government. Before heading the Secretariat, Mr. Zhang was the deputy director responsible for policy research and communication matters. He holds a master’s degree in environmental law from the Law School of Wuhan University, China, and holds a judicial professional qualification in China.
Before transferring to CCICED, Mr. Zhang worked in the Foreign Environmental Cooperation Office of MEE for 15 years starting from project officer in the Climate Division responsible for climate change policy research and attending UNFCCC negotiations, to deputy director of Legal Division responsible for multilateral environmental convention negotiations and implementation, such as Montreal Protocol on the Protection of the Ozone Layer, Minamata Convention on the Prevention and Control of Mercury Pollution, Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
During his time in the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Mr. Zhang will focus on finding market-based solutions to environmental problems, in particular climate change and comprehensive measures on cross-cutting issues among climate change, biodiversity, and ocean. Mainstreaming gender equality into sustainable policies and expanding international aid on capacity building on addressing climate change are his interests. He hopes to take this chance to discuss and exchange views among fellows from other countries.