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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

  • Webinar at EWRC – International Urban Cooperation – China, India, Japan
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    Countries across the world share a common interest in promoting a human-centred and environmentally-friendly urban development model that delivers clean, resource-efficient, socially fair, smart cities. The EU has increasingly supported actions in this field on a global scale including the International Urban Cooperation programme, IUC (2017-2020). The IUC has established a number of thematic networks for this cooperation. This workshop will examine the results of this cooperation regarding added value for public authorities and the private sector. It will also reflect on the effects of external shocks like the coronavirus crisis on cities in areas like public health and economic recovery, highlighting the added value of international cooperation. In three sessions, selected pairings from across the world will jointly present and make recommendations for the future.

    Panel Session 1: Smart City & Digital Transition: China (Guangzhou) – India (Panaji-GOA) – EU (Barcelona, Spain)

    Panel Session 2: Green Deal.Circular Economy & Energy Transition: Japan (Koriyama) – EU (Rome, Italy) – China (Chengdu)

    Pablo Gandara, Team Leader, IUC Asia, Belgium.
    Hidefumi Imura, Team Leader, IUC Japan, Japan.
    Panagiotis Karamanos, Team Leader, IUC India, India.

    Nelson Jorge, Team Leader, European Commission, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), Belgium.
    Dominnique LI, Managing Director, Guangzhou Global Star Investment LTD. Guangzhou Development District Foreign Affairs Office, China.
    Yii Liu, Deputy Director, Energy Internet Research Institute (EIRI), Chengdu, China.
    Sandra Marin Herbert, Coordinator, IUC Methodology Taskforce, Belgium.
    David Martínez, CEO, Municipal Institute of Urbanism, Spain.
    Patrick Maureli, Coordinator for GIS, BIM and Data Management, CITERA Sapienza University, Italy.
    R Niessler, Principal Advisor for International Relations, DG REGIO, European Commission, Belgium.
    Sanjit Rodrigues, Commissioner, Corporation of the City of Panaji, India.
    Betina Stollar, Programme Director for Asia-Pacific, Department of International Relations, Barcelona City Council, Spain.
    Yohei Watabane, Business Creation Division, City of Koriyama, Japan.

     Cohesion and Cooperation
     European Commission – DG REGIO
     English (EN)


  • EIRI Chengdu – The 2nd Energy Internet International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit
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    The IUC team will participate at the 2nd Energy Internet International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit.

    Description (from the organiser EIRI)

    With the goal of building an international industrial technology innovation system for the Energy Internet, we will gather global innovation and entrepreneurship resources such as industry leaders, well-known universities, well-known incubators, and investment institutions at home and abroad, and promote the integration and development of large and medium-sized enterprises in the energy Internet field. The General Office of the National Development and Reform Commission requested the relevant requirements of the “Notice of Organizing and Carrying out the Series of Activities of “Creating China” in 2020 (KXA Office Letter Qi Zi [2020] No. 45)”, and coordinated development of various national innovation and innovation demonstration bases. The “Second Energy Internet International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit” jointly organized by the Chengdu Management Committee of the New District and the Tsinghua Sichuan Energy Internet Research Institute will be held on October 15-17, 2020 at the Vanke Cloud City Convention Center in Chengdu, China.

    The summit will focus on the international development opportunities of the energy Internet industry, build an industrial ecosystem of open sharing, cooperative innovation of the energy Internet, and discuss the transnational energy Internet industry and technology in the new situation around industrial innovation and landing, achievement transfer and transformation, and venture capital. Cooperation and future energy development trends.

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    The city of Granada was granted with a competitive fund from the IUC Asia programme to run three thematic webinars on Smart City, Circular Economy and Biotech, with a common point of view: how to use blockchain technologies in their respective fields.

    But also, there is another result from this project, the creation of an analog/digital disruptive own ecosystem, based in a platform to develop future joint projects on blockchain, involving the cities, research centers and companies participating in the webinars (who are current or former pilot cities of the IUC Programme).

    A video under production will explain the objectives and goals to be implemented in the near future.

    The main goal is to develop a digital environment to create a digital cluster with solid relationships for further/future cooperation of the participating cities. There are 3 axis of crossed participation: city councils, clusters (digital innovation hubs and companies) and the Academia.


    Scope and objectives of the webinars:

    These webinars will present the main challenges that represents blockchain technology in relation of the three fields of application, and will debate how to cooperate in order to find common solutions and/or the exchange of information or research in joint venture projects. The idea is to show the actual framework and state-of-art of blockchain in the participating cities.



    Representatives from the Pilot Cities will debate and define future needs and concrete possibilities of cooperation. University researchers and professors. Members of the clusters involved in the territories of each one of the pilot cities. Representatives of companies of these cities working in blockchain developments. The IUC Asia managing team will also be invited.

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