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
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.
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).
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”.
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).