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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

EU Cities Mission to China

EU Cities Mission to China

Representatives from the eight European cities of Nice, Prague, Mannheim, Málaga, Reggio-Emilia, Rome, Barnsley and Granada participated at a one-week mission to China from 15 – 21 July 2018. The mission included participation at the annual EU-China High-Level Seminar on Regional Policy that took place in Zhengzhou on Wednesday 18 July 2018. The meeting was chaired by Corina Cretu, […]

Visit of an official delegation from Chongqing to Mannheim

Visit of an official delegation from Chongqing to Mannheim

A high-level delegation from Chongqing visited the City of Mannheim on 9 July 2018. The delegation, headed by the Director General of the Chongqing Development and Reform Commission (DRC) Mr XIONG Xue, discussed with Mannheim city authorities and stakeholders from the business community the implementation of two pilot projects. On the one side, a Memorandum of […]

GCoM Meeting in Indonesia

GCoM Meeting in Indonesia

Within the implementation of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) in Indonesia, a Survey & Consultation on the Common Reporting Framework took place in Jakarta on 29 June 2018. Upon presentation about the IUC Project and the support to implementation of the GCoM in Indonesia, participants from 16 cities were requested to provide […]

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