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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

NDRC Mission to EU in October 2018

NDRC Mission to EU in October 2018

To foster city-to-city cooperation between EU and China   During October 8-16, a Chinese delegation led by National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) conducted a mission to the EU, with the main agenda including the participation at the second IUC Global Event in Brussels (Belgium) and working visits to Prague (Czech Republic) and Reggio Emilia (Italy).   […]

Training on GCoM in Surabaya

Training on GCoM in Surabaya

The IUC – Asia programme training event brought together participants in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) from Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Many of these participant local governments have some previous experience of GHG emissions analysis and the development of climate action plans for mitigation and adaptation. The event also aimed […]

Surabaya – GCoM Launch in South East Asia

Surabaya – GCoM Launch in South East Asia

Surabaya, 13 September 2018. With the presence of the Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia, H.E. Vincent Guérend, the IUC-Asia project launched the Global Covenant of Mayors in South East Asia. “Today’s launch of the Global Covenant of Mayors in South East Asia here in Surabaya is an important milestone in its development” said EU […]

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