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IUC Participates at EU Webinar on Regional Innovation

IUC Participates at EU Webinar on Regional Innovation

Supporting the Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO),  the IUC team co-organised today an online workshop on regional innovation. Around 50 participants joined the event that focused on the concept of smart specialisation as a means of improving investment in regional development. Dr. Rudolf Niessler – Principal Advisor at DG REGIO – stated that over […]

IUC Participates at EU Webinar on City-to-City Cooperation

IUC Participates at EU Webinar on City-to-City Cooperation

The IUC team co-organised the webinar “International cooperation for innovation in urban development policy and practice: results and perspectives from EU – Asia Cooperation“. The event – which involved over 60 experts from Europe and Asia – was held within the European Week of Regions and Cities, the EU Commission’s flagship annual event on urban […]

Vietnam: Da Nang City Strengthens Capacity to Develop Greenhouse Gases Inventory under IUC Asia Project

Vietnam: Da Nang City Strengthens Capacity to Develop Greenhouse Gases Inventory under IUC Asia Project

On 08 October 2020, Da Nang City organized an online workshop for city representatives on climate change mitigation under the IUC Asia project. Supported by UN-Habitat and CDP, the event was a follow to the previous online workshop organized on 20 July 2020. The workshop was intended to improve practical understanding of city-level greenhouse gas (GHG) […]

IUC Team participates at UNESCAP Meeting on “Response and Recovery: Asia-Pacific Cities on the Front Lines of COVID-19′

IUC Team participates at UNESCAP Meeting on “Response and Recovery: Asia-Pacific Cities on the Front Lines of COVID-19′

The IUC team participated in the experts meeting that aimed to identify and discuss sustainable approaches to support Asia-Pacific cities to build back better from COVID-19. The meeting featured around 50 participants from Asia-Pacific states, cities, stakeholders, development partners and experts.  The interactive discussion provided inputs to the development of a new ESCAP discussion paper […]

Shanghai Action Plan to Reduce Plastic Waste

Shanghai Action Plan to Reduce Plastic Waste

Shanghai rolled out tough measures to reduce plastic use and waste in the city, these policies became effective on October 1st. According to the Plan, by the end of 2020, Shanghai will ban and restrict the manufacturing and use of disposable plastics across catering, hospitality, and e-commerce sectors. The plan aims to achieve zero plastic […]

City Climate Finance Gap Fund Launching Event

City Climate Finance Gap Fund Launching Event

The so-called “Gap Fund” was launched on 23 September 2020. The fund will address the critical lack of grant funding necessary to mature pipelines of projects from concept to a stage where they can be advanced towards full feasibility analysis and ultimately investment. This will significantly increase the pipeline of high-quality bankable climate-friendly urban infrastructure […]

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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