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Circular Economy: Sharing Experiences and Best Practices

Circular Economy: Sharing Experiences and Best Practices

Online Webinar, 2 April 2020: The IUC-Asia organised an online video discussion today in cooperation with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Attending the call were 44 experts from cities in Europe and Asia, sharing experiences and best practices with regards to circular economies. The IUC-Asia team moderated the […]

EU Cities / Yangzhou Online Discussion on Horticulture Expo 2021

EU Cities / Yangzhou Online Discussion on Horticulture Expo 2021

The Chinese IUC pilot city of Yangzhou (Jiangsu Province) and representatives from Stuttgart Region, Bologna, Rome and Greater Manchester discussed today the participation at the Horticulture Expo 2021, to be held in Yangzhou from April to October 2021 (see below PPT). At the online meeting, which included 12 participants, Ms. ZHU Yin from Yangzhou Foreign […]

EU and Asian Cities Online Exchange on Local Responses to the Corona Crisis

EU and Asian Cities Online Exchange on Local Responses to the Corona Crisis

Due to the corona crisis and the high interest from EU and Asian cities to identify the added value of international cooperation for disaster preparedness at local level, the IUC project launched an online exchange session. The team explained the link of the EU Urban Agenda to the current crisis and the EU support to […]

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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