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From IUC-Asia to IURC Asia, Australasia and China

From IUC-Asia to IURC Asia, Australasia and China

The IUC project has entered into its second phase “International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC)”. In Asia and Australasia, the project supports EU cities partnerships with pairs in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand. IURC contributes to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the […]

IUC-GCoM Publication on Climate Action Support to Cities in South East Asia

IUC-GCoM Publication on Climate Action Support to Cities in South East Asia

In cooperation with the Regional Secretariat South East Asia of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Energy and Climate (GCoM), the IUC Helpdesk has elaborated a publication summarising the climate action plans (CAPs) for the 12 IUC pilot cities in  Indonesia (Palembang, Depok, Malang, Denpasar, and Makassar), Malaysia (Penampang, Tawau, Muar, and Hang Tuah Jaya), [...]
Publication: “EU-China Urban Climate Change Adaption: Policy and Practice”

Publication: “EU-China Urban Climate Change Adaption: Policy and Practice”

The IUC Asia project contributed to a bilingual publication (English/Chinese) by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) which compares adaptation measures to climate change implemented by cities in Europe and China. The publication will support the preparation of the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2035 by the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of […]

IUC Asia December 2020 Newsletter available

IUC Asia December 2020 Newsletter available

The latest edition of IUC Asia’s December newsletter covering the programme’s component 1 has just been released. This component encompasses the EU-China cooperation on sustainable and innovative cities. The newsletter begins with how, in spite of the challenges faced with meetings during the COVID pandemic, the work of the IUC Asia has continued unabated, holding […]

Mannheim Releases Video on Innovation Cooperation with China

Mannheim Releases Video on Innovation Cooperation with China

The City of Mannheim has released a video summarising cooperation on innovation with China. The video includes testimonials by Jia Song, the China Desk Officer at Mannheim City, Anja Hüttl from Next Mannheim and Felix Kurz from the German Chinese Friendship Association Rhein Necker and MEI WEN TI GmbH. The video is made in German […]

EU Cities Garden Pavilions under Construction in Yangzhou

EU Cities Garden Pavilions under Construction in Yangzhou

The garden pavilions designed by the IUC pilot cities of Barcelona, Rome and Bologna Metropolitan / Nuovo Circondario Imolese are currently under construction in Yangzhou, which is located in the Jiangsu Province of China. The construction is scheduled to be finished by April 2021, when the Yangzhou Horticulture Expo 2021 begins. The pavilions showcase sustainable […]

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

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    November 12, 2020

    3rd Granada – China IUC Webinar on Blockchain Innovations for Cities: Biotech, eHealth & Medicine Solutions

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    The webinar series presents the main challenges that blockchain technology represents for cities and debates 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-the-art of blockchain in the participating cities.

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    November 18, 2020

    IUC Open House on EU-China C2C Cooperation

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    EU-Asia/China “Thematic Cluster Virtual Open House 2020”

    The IUC Asia project will stage an Open House event to showcase activities implemented within the thematic clusters. The target audience consists of stakeholders interested in the city-to-city cooperation between European and Chinese counterparts.

    When? Wednesday, 18th of November, 8:30-12:00 (CET)

    Where? Zoom

    The project team and involved partners will showcase selected pilot projects between Chinese, and European cities within the thematic clusters of “Smart Cities & Digital Transition” and “Education, Culture & Tourism”, including the topics of “Circular Economy” and “Energy Transition”.

    IUC cluster managers will co-host the thematic sessions with the IUC experts in China. Each session will consist of a five-minute thematic cluster introduction, followed by a 10-minute presentation of each selected pilot project activity. The pilot project presentations are foreseen as a joint presentation of one representative each from Europe and China, followed by five minutes for questions and answers.

    The project team will also introduce the digital cooperation platform. Simultaneous interpretation EN/CN will be provided.

    The event will also present the results of the EU-China Regional Innovation Study 2020.



    08:30 – 09:00  Welcome/Opening (DG Regio, NDRC, EU Delegation, IUC China)

    Welcome notes: DG Regio, NDRC, EU Delegation to China

    • EU Delegation to China, head of Delegation Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis (TBC)
    • NDRC, NN
    • DG REGIO, Principal Advisor, Rudolf Niessler

    Introduction Thematic Clusters & Multiple Cities Clusters (Gándara)



    09:00 – 09:45  Theme 1:        Smart Cities & Digital Transition including Energy Transition

                (hosted by Bley with Wang / Prat van Thiel)


    Smart City Planning – Liudong New District (Liuzhou / Barcelona)

    Liudong New District: smart city urban planning and learnings from Barcelona 22@


                                    New Energy Research (Chengdu / Greater Manchester / Rome)

                Joint research of integrated smart energy lab – EIRI and Manchester Metropolitan University

                    Cooperation on exchange of startups, technology solutions – EIRI and MMU


    Digital Twin (Rome / Yantai)

    Application of GIS/BIM planning for historical buildings




    09:45 – 10:30  Theme 2:        Education, Culture & Tourism including Circular Economy

    (hosted by Fabbri with Wang / Prat van Thiel)


    Summer School on Urban Planning Tools (Rome / multiple Chinese partners)

    GIS/BIM applications supported by the competitive fund


    Blockchain Lab for Circular Economy (Granada / multiple Chinese cities)

    Virtual exchange platform supported by the competitive fund



    10:30 – 10:45  Break


    10:45 – 11:30  Theme 3:        Multi Cities projects and Transfers (Gándara et al)


    Horticulture Expo 2021 (Yangzhou / Bologna & Rome, Barcelona)

    Collaborative exhibition planning


    Mobility (Stuttgart / Guangzhou / Liuzhou)

    Possible research & start-up cooperation on fuel-cell / hydrogen technology


    Sino-Italian Faculty Institute of Vine and Wine Science (Rome and Yantai)

    Establishing a joint Institute involving universities and private companies


    Introduction of IUC Asia joint digital platform for exchange



    11:30-12:00    Theme 4:        Regional Innovation and Closing (Gándara)


    EU China Regional Innovation Study (Casa Asia / Liu)

    Presentation of the study and policy recommendations



    12:00– 12:30  Discussion and Closing Session


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