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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’s IUC Pilot Project Started: Cargo Railway Connection between Mannheim and Chongqing

EU’s IUC Pilot Project Started: Cargo Railway Connection between Mannheim and Chongqing

A significant result of city-to-city cooperation under the IUC Asia programme  On the morning of 25th October 2018, the direct connection for freight trains from Mannheim to Chongqing in China was officially put into operation. This is one of the key pilot projects of the Mannheim – Chongqing cooperation within the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) project. […]

Asian cities and NDRC Mission to the EU in October 2018

Asian cities and NDRC Mission to the EU in October 2018

A delegation of governments experts from China, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia participated at the IUC Global Event in Brussels on 10 November 2018. The delegation included the Director General of NDRC, the Mayors of Jambi (Indonesia) and Iskandar (Malaysia) as well as representatives from cities, city networks and institutes from Korea and […]

Chinese Cities Delegations’ Mission to EU Cities

Chinese Cities Delegations’ Mission to EU Cities

City-to-city exchange between European and Chinese pilot cities under the IUC ASIA programme from 12 to 20 September 2018 A Chinese city delegation conducted a working mission to three EU pilot cities Granada (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Nice (France) during 12-20 September 2018. This is the first time for the Chinese pilot cities of 2018 to undertake the fact-finding mission to their […]

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