- Green Digital Charter
- Signatory cities
It will get together EU and Chinese Mayors, local decision-makers, city planners, business and NGOs willing to share experience in moving towards sustainable, integrated and efficient solutions. The European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao have confirmed their participation.
Co-organised by the Covenant of Mayors Office and the Chinese Association of Mayors, the Forum is supported by the European Commission’s DG Energy and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.
This first edition will mark the kick-off of annual events to be organised alternately in Europe and China. It will bring together EU and Chinese Mayors, local decision-makers, city planners, business and NGOs willing to share experience in moving towards sustainable, integrated and efficient solutions in the area of urban management.
The Forum will conclude with the signing of a cooperation Charter between European and Chinese Mayors. In addition to the high-profile political event on 20 September, thematic workshops will be organised on19 September.
In particular, the workshop “Research for Sustainable Urbanisation – Turning Challenges into Opportunities” will discuss the research dimension of the EU-China Partnership for Sustainable Urbanisation through the contributions of three initiatives supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation:
- The Research Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe,
- The European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme for Smart Cities,
- The FP7-funded project URBACHINA: Sustainable Urbanisation in China: Historical and Comparative Perspectives, Mega-trends towards 2050.
The event will delve into the issue of sustainable urban development in Europe and in China and it will present new approaches to addressing the challenge of urbanisation both from a technological and a socio-economic perspective. Innovative systemic and integrative solutions will be highlighted, ranging from scientific foresight and evaluation to new methodologies and implementation, with a focus on the energy field. The event will also aim to strengthen the EU-China collaboration on sustainable urbanisation in the research and policy domains, as well as to create an effective science-policy dialogue between actors from the two sides.
For more information, including the events agenda, and to register visit the conference website: www.euchinamayorsforum.eu
In case of questions please contact MEDIA CONSULTA’S conference office at EUChinaMayorsForum@media-consulta.com
– ‘Green Digital Agenda in Smart Cities – European and Chinese cities leading by examples’ – NiCE panel at East-West conference, Nicosia, 4 September 2012