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From IUC-Asia to IURC Asia, Australasia and China

From IUC-Asia to IURC Asia, Australasia and China

The IUC project has entered into its second phase “International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC)”. In Asia and Australasia, the project supports EU cities partnerships with pairs in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand. IURC contributes to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the […]

IUC-GCoM Publication on Climate Action Support to Cities in South East Asia

IUC-GCoM Publication on Climate Action Support to Cities in South East Asia

In cooperation with the Regional Secretariat South East Asia of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Energy and Climate (GCoM), the IUC Helpdesk has elaborated a publication summarising the climate action plans (CAPs) for the 12 IUC pilot cities in  Indonesia (Palembang, Depok, Malang, Denpasar, and Makassar), Malaysia (Penampang, Tawau, Muar, and Hang Tuah Jaya), [...]
Publication: “EU-China Urban Climate Change Adaption: Policy and Practice”

Publication: “EU-China Urban Climate Change Adaption: Policy and Practice”

The IUC Asia project contributed to a bilingual publication (English/Chinese) by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) which compares adaptation measures to climate change implemented by cities in Europe and China. The publication will support the preparation of the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2035 by the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of […]

IUC Asia December 2020 Newsletter available

IUC Asia December 2020 Newsletter available

The latest edition of IUC Asia’s December newsletter covering the programme’s component 1 has just been released. This component encompasses the EU-China cooperation on sustainable and innovative cities. The newsletter begins with how, in spite of the challenges faced with meetings during the COVID pandemic, the work of the IUC Asia has continued unabated, holding […]

Mannheim Releases Video on Innovation Cooperation with China

Mannheim Releases Video on Innovation Cooperation with China

The City of Mannheim has released a video summarising cooperation on innovation with China. The video includes testimonials by Jia Song, the China Desk Officer at Mannheim City, Anja Hüttl from Next Mannheim and Felix Kurz from the German Chinese Friendship Association Rhein Necker and MEI WEN TI GmbH. The video is made in German […]

EU Cities Garden Pavilions under Construction in Yangzhou

EU Cities Garden Pavilions under Construction in Yangzhou

The garden pavilions designed by the IUC pilot cities of Barcelona, Rome and Bologna Metropolitan / Nuovo Circondario Imolese are currently under construction in Yangzhou, which is located in the Jiangsu Province of China. The construction is scheduled to be finished by April 2021, when the Yangzhou Horticulture Expo 2021 begins. The pavilions showcase sustainable […]

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 Events

  • 15
    October 15, 2019

    Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7)

    All day
    2019.10.15-2019.10.17

    The Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) will be held from 15-17 October 2019 in Penang, Malaysia. Held every 4-5 years since the first APUF was held in Bangkok in 1993, the Forum is the largest regional gathering of urban stakeholders, engaging policymakers from local and national governments, financial institutions, civil society, the academia, the urban training-research community and private sector to discuss innovative solutions, identify common actions and objectives and strengthen effective partnerships to achieve sustainable urban development.

    In 2019 APUF-7 will provide this unique platform to discuss and analyze the status, challenges and opportunities of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda in the region.

    APUF-7 will also be the venue to launch The Future of Asia-Pacific Cities 2019 report being developed by ESCAP and UN-Habitat in partnership with the European Union, Asian Development Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation, UNDP, Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities and many others.

  • 20
    October 20, 2019

    Circular Economy Cluster Event

    All day
    2019.10.20-2019.10.22

    No additional detail for this event.

  • 21
    October 21, 2019

    EU-China Circular Economy Development Forum

    All day
    2019.10.21-2019.10.22

    The EU-China Circular Economy Development Forum will be held in Nanjing in October 20, with participants from governments, businesses, universities and institutions discussing and sharing experiences and best practices in this field.

  • 23
    October 23, 2019

    Field visits in Haikou

    All day
    2019.10.23-2019.10.25

    The EU city delegation will fly to Haikou for some field visits after the circular economy event in Nanjing.

     

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