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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 […]

Barcelona and Liuzhou Meeting on Urban Development

Barcelona and Liuzhou Meeting on Urban Development

Over 20 representatives from Liuzhou City and Barcelona discussed today the implementation of a preliminary action plan to develop comparable urban experiences related to the values of the Sustainable Development Goals and linked to 2030 Agenda, especially focusing on 3 main topics: smart mobility, water management, and Energy efficiency / renewable energy production. Experts included […]

China: Climate Adaptation and Ecological Resilience Workshop in Yancheng, Jiangsu

China: Climate Adaptation and Ecological Resilience Workshop in Yancheng, Jiangsu

In cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the IUC team organised an onsite and online workshop for 50 Chinese practitioners from Yancheng City (Jiangsu Province). The event was a follow-up to the online discussion between Chinese and European Experts organised on 28 May 2020. Over 30 participants joined the meeting via live […]

EU participates at Euro-China Smart Cities Seminar in Chongqing

EU participates at Euro-China Smart Cities Seminar in Chongqing

The European Union participated today at the workshop “EURO-CHINA Smart Cities, Facing Covid-19” held in Chongqing, China. The EU was represented by Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis, Head of the EU Delegation to China, as well as by Dr. Rudolf Niessler, Principal Advisor at DG REGIO of the European Commission. At the event, the European pilot cities […]

Rome – China: Summer School on Digital Tools for Urban Planning (GIS & BIM)

Rome – China: Summer School on Digital Tools for Urban Planning (GIS & BIM)

The Department of Planning, Design, and Technology at the Faculty of Architecture (DPDTA) of Sapienza University just finished a two-week Summer School Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Building Information Modelling (BIM). The event – which was taught in English – was a pilot project of the IUC project and involved over 30 students from China, […]

Malaysia – final stakeholder consultation with Malaysian cities on circular economy

Malaysia – final stakeholder consultation with Malaysian cities on circular economy

Today the IUC Asia held its final stakeholder consultations webinar on Designing Circular Cities in Malaysia. On the call were 82 experts from the EU and Malaysia, comprised of representatives from government, private sector, research and civil society. Experts exchanged views on circular economy challenges and solutions identified in the previous online sessions. They explored […]

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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