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International Urban Cooperation Asia

Around 54% of the world’s population lives in cities – and the number is growing.

More urban dwellers means more wealth creation, but also higher pressure on urban services (energy, water, health, transport, housing), which in turn produces adverse effects on the environment and challenges to the quality of life.

At the global level, this creates a major challenge in terms of climate change. It also makes cities best placed to tackle this issue.

European cities are keen to cooperate with other cities around the world, to share knowledge and create innovative solutions, and to generate new economic opportunities in the process.

The IUC programme helps them do this, and it can help your city too!

IUC creates city-to-city or region-to-region cooperation involving EU and non-EU partners.

Part of the solution is to work closely with the private sector, and the programme will help to bring together businesses inside and outside the EU.

In Asia, the programme is divided into two parts covering the region, specifically China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam. Please scroll-down to see further details about the two project components.

I. City-to-city Cooperation on Sustainable Urban Development

EU cities are paired up with peers from China to cooperate on issues relevant for their sustainable urban development. Chosen cities are being supported to share knowledge and best practices on sustainable urban solutions.

This will be achieved partly through the development of local action plans, which will outline activities and pilot projects to achieve tangible results. A global knowledge-exchange platform will be established with resources and best practices on overcoming specific urban development barriers.

Countries covered: EU Member States and China

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II. Sub-national action under the Global Covenant of Mayors initiative

Cities and other sub-national localities in the Asian countries are encouraged to join the Global Covenant of Mayors initiative. Through the Global Covenant of Mayors, local governments commit to acting on mitigation, adaptation and access to energy.

Signatory cities benefit from support in the form of technical expertise and cooperation to act on their energy and climate commitments.

Asian countries and special territories covered: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam.

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IUC Asia News

2018 Chinese Pilot Cities Start-up Workshop, Beijing

2018 Chinese Pilot Cities Start-up Workshop, Beijing

2018 Chinese Pilot Cities Start-up Workshop To help Chinese pilot cities better participate in the IUC project As the IUC project progressed into its second year of the term, it welcomed the second group of five Chinese pilot cities joining as cooperation partners with European pilot cities. For 2018, the five Chinese citiesare: Haikou (Hainan [...]
Training in Gwangju, Republic of Korea

Training in Gwangju, Republic of Korea

The IUC ASIA organised the training event City Energy and Climate Action – How to set Targets and Develop a Plan with the International Climate and Environment Center in Gwangju, Korea, on 16 March 2018. Documentation Agenda_City Energy and Climate Action Gwangju_VF 00 IUC Asia_10keyprinciples 01 GCoM Presentation 16MAR2018 02_Green Climate Fund 03_Korean Environment Institute 04_UCLG ASPAC 05 […]

DG REGIO Seminar at UN Habitat WUF in Malaysia

DG REGIO Seminar at UN Habitat WUF in Malaysia

The IUC ASIA project co-organised DG REGIO’s networking event Cities contributing to the New Urban Agenda implementation through the international urban cooperation programme held on 08 February 2018 at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur. The event presented the actions undertaken by the EU to deliver the Voluntary Commitment in framework of the Habitat III Conference of 2016, […]

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