Skip links

Read all news
Penang Stakeholder Consultation on Circular Cities

Penang Stakeholder Consultation on Circular Cities

Over 60 experts from Penang in Malaysia and Europe participated in today’s online Stakeholder Consultation on Circular Cities. The event was opened by Penang’s Chief Minister Mr. Chow Kon Yeow, who focused on exploring steps for cooperation with EU cities to contribute towards a greener circular economy in Malaysia. Mr Chow, who is also chairman […]

Rome – Yantai Online Meeting on Innovation, Urban Agriculture & Green Cities Models

Rome – Yantai Online Meeting on Innovation, Urban Agriculture & Green Cities Models

Within the education and smart city clusters, an online exchange session was held today between 13 experts from the IUC, Yantai and Rome, including Yantai University and the universities Sapienza and Tuscia of Rome. In order to complement the university cooperation, the partners involved the Smart City Lab of Rome/Lazio and the innovation center of […]

Chengdu Energy Event – Video Message by the EU Delegation to China

Chengdu Energy Event – Video Message by the EU Delegation to China

A video message was delivered today by Mr. Octavian Stamate, Counsellor for Climate Action and Energy at the Delegation of the European Union to China. The message was delivered at the opening of the EXCEL Accelerator Open Day and focused on the EU-China cooperation on the energy sector. Mr. Stamate referred to the possibilities of […]

Malaysia: Webinar on Circular Economy Cooperation between Petaling Jaya and EU cities

Malaysia: Webinar on Circular Economy Cooperation between Petaling Jaya and EU cities

Over 100 experts from Malaysia and Europe have joined today’s stakeholder consultation webinar on circular economy in the city of Petaling Jaya. The event was opened by the Deputy Mayor, Ms. Azlinda Azman and included presentations by experts from Malaysia (Petaling Jaya City Council, Iskandar Regional Authority) and Europe (Sapienza University of Rome, Amsterdam Smart […]

EU-China Regional Innovation Study – Experts Online Discussion

EU-China Regional Innovation Study – Experts Online Discussion

The IUC project held today an experts’ discussion on the EU-China Regional Innovation Study currently under elaboration. The meeting was moderated by Amadeo Jensana and Guillermo Martínez from Casa Asia. At the exchange, Prof. Lun Liu and Prof. Robert Hassink introduced the updated version of the European and Chinese case studies, namely Baden-Württemberg (DE), Centro […]

Mid-term monitoring of IUC technical assistance on CAPs development in 13 pilot cities in  Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam

Mid-term monitoring of IUC technical assistance on CAPs development in 13 pilot cities in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam

Today the IUC-Asia held its important mid-term meeting on monitoring technical assistance of Climate Action Plans (CAPs) development in 13 pilot cities in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. The meeting was a chance to take stock with the line directorates of the European Commission (CLIMA / ENER / FPI / JRC), the EU Delegations to the […]

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

More Information

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.

More Information

IUC Asia Events

  • 19
    March 19, 2019

    GCoM Malaysia National Training (Iskandar, Malaysia)

    All day
    2019.03.19-2019.03.20

    With the supports of International Urban Cooperation Project Asia (IUC Asia) and Iskandar Regional Development Authority, Malaysia (IRDA), GCoM SEA will be conducting the Training which will take place at Doubletree Hilton, Johor Bahru (Iskandar). Based on the inputs from city stakeholders, the Training will focus on climate change adaptation. The Training, supported by European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC), will provide knowledge to Malaysian’s city practitioners on, Green Infrastructure, Nature-based Solutions, and Streamlining Climate Action into the Planning System of the Cities (horizontal integration).

  • 21
    March 21, 2019

    GCoM’s National Launch in Malaysia

    E000000Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:00:00 +00002020pUTC/416Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:00:00 +00000000000000UTCSaturday00 -E000000Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +00002020pUTC/583Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +00000000000000UTCSaturday00
    2019.03.21

    GCoM will be launched nationally in Malaysia at Doubletree Hilton, Johor Bahru (Iskandar) . The Launch will also be a networking event, to raise awareness of GCoM and related international climate co-operations to a wider Malaysian audience—public practitioners, private and the media. It will also showcase European Union’s leading role on supporting local action in energy and climate change adaptation and mitigation and the signing of GCoM commitment by new Malaysian cities. There will also be panel discussions on “Malaysian Cities Fighting Climate Change” and “Best Practices from Southeast Asia and European Union”.

  • 27
    March 27, 2019

    A Networking Event on Inclusive Climate Action for Sustainable Cities (Bangkok, Thailand)

    E000000Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +00002020pUTC/541Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +00000000000000UTCSaturday00 -E000000Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:15:00 +00002020pUTC/593Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:15:00 +00000000000000UTCSaturday00
    2019.03.27

    Loading…

    EAD Logo
    Taking too long?
    Reload Reload document

    |

    Open Open in new tab

    Download [116.39 KB]

    The European Union through IUC Asia is supporting GCoM SEA to convene a Networking Event to further outreach cities specifically in the Southeast Asian region in the 6th Asian Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD).

    This event will serve as the first introduction to the GCoM and to promote activities of the GCoM. The focus of the networking event is to promote inclusive climate action which could drive better environmental outcomes and social and economic co-benefits—to support and enhance the coherence and effectiveness of sustainable cities development strategy and actions. The elements of the inclusive climate action are an equitable plan to benefit marginalised population groups who experience more exposure to climate hazards and with inadequate or no capacity to adapt—the poor, women, children, seniors, and the disabled.

    The event will will take place at the United Nation Conference Centre (meeting room MR G).

Return to top of page