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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

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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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