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.
- 23September 23, 2019
The second mission of EU city delegation to China in 2019 will visit Guangzhou to establish relations with the fast-growing coastal city and tap the potential of linking to EU partners.
- Work meetings with local government and clusters
- Field visits to development zone, industrial park and businesses
- 25September 25, 2019
The EU city delegation to China in 2019 will have a follow-up visit to Liuzhou (after the fact-finding trip there in the past June), pilot city of China in 2018 for targeted field visits and meetings. This trip will focus on the two new districts Liudong New District and North Ecological New District.
- Vocational education and training
- Ecological city and smart energy community
- Industrial design and artcraft
- Technology innovation & incubation platform
- 26September 26, 2019
The 2019 EU-China Green and Smart City Summit & EU-China Green and Smart City Awards in Nanning is hosted by the China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD), the Foundation Prospective and Innovation together with Guangxi Provincial Government.
It’s the fourth event following three events in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Ningbo. In the past three events, totally 300 cities of 32 countries and regions from China and Europe participated in the events. It has become one of the most succeessful platform for green and smart cities to foster cooperation and exchange.
In 27 September, the delegation will have fields visits in Nanning, participate in business matching and exchanges, and attend the Ceremony of 2019 EU-China Green and Smart City Awards.
- 26September 26, 2019
In 26 September 2019, Yantai Laoshan District will hold an Unveiling Ceremony of the Yantai China-Europe (Italy) Industry Park.
Date: 26 September
Location: Laishan District, Yantai city
Introduction of the Park:
At present, the first draft of the implementation plan of the park has been formed. The Park will be constructed in Laishan Economic Development Zone, with an area of 6.67 million km². Below are the main industries to be developed in the Park:
(I) Construction of a high-end equipment industry base
(II) Construction of a medical care and health industry center
(III) Construction of a high-end automotive parts production base
- European especially Italian institutions may sign cooperation agreement with the district/Park
- Enterprises are welcome to invest and set up presence in the Park