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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

Mannheim welcomes Yuxin’ou delegation from Chongqing

Mannheim welcomes Yuxin’ou delegation from Chongqing

To foster cooperation opportunity for building railway connection between Mannheim and Chongqing  On January 17, 2018, a business delegation from Chongqing comprised of representatives from Yuxin'ou company (operator of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway express) visited Mannheim. The half-day stay includes meeting with Dr. Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim, and Mr. Christian Specht, First Vice Mayor, presentations [...]
EU-China Smart City Cooperation Forum in Barcelona

EU-China Smart City Cooperation Forum in Barcelona

To foster opportunities for collaboration on Smart Cities In the framework of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the IUC ASIA programme implemented a workshop for representatives from the Chinese cities participating in the IUC programme, as well as companies, research institutions and business associations from Europe. The event – organised by Casa Asia […]

Mannheim welcomes Chinese delegation

Mannheim welcomes Chinese delegation

A high-level NDRC delegation from China visited Mannheim on Monday 13 November 2017. An MoU between Mannheim and Chongqing was signed. The signing is part of the agenda of an over-20-people Chinese delegation during its two-day visit in Mannheim. The delegation comprises of delegates from National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and five Chinese pilot […]

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