Kevin Gallagher, Director of the Global Development Policy (GDP) Center and Professor of Global Development Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, has been appointed co-chair of a special Policy Study on “Greening the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).”

The study is sponsored by the China Council for International Cooperation and Development (CCICED), at China’s Ministry of Ecology and the Environment, and reports directly to China’s State Council. China’s Belt & Road Initiative is the largest integration and development effort ever led by a single country, promising trillions of dollars for infrastructure and regional integration across the world.

“It is an honor to be appointed to the CCICED to co-conduct a study on how the Belt & Road Initiative can be better aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement,” Gallagher said.

“China’s leadership on multilateralism in general and environment and development in particular is sorely needed as other leading nations have retreated into isolationism on these matters. I will work with my co-chairs and collaborators to produce evidence-based analyses so that the State Council has concrete policy recommendations to align the BRI with climate and development goals.”

Gallagher serves on the United Nations’ Committee for Development Policy and co-chairs the T-20 Task Force on International Financial Architecture at the G-20. He previously served on the investment sub-committee of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy at the US Department of State and on the National Advisory Committee at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gallagher has been a visiting or adjunct Professor at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University; El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico; Tsinghua University in China, and the Center for State and Society in Argentina.