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URBAN-EU-CHINA in the World Urban Forum #9

February 11@9:00 am-11:00 am

UN-Habitat is organising its 9th World Urban Forum from 7-13 Feb in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which will bring together over 25,000 participants from all over the world. URBAN-EU-CHINA and JPI Urban Europe are contributing to the conference with a joint session on “The value of City-City Partnerships for Implementing the New Urban Agenda”. The aim of the session is to discuss the added value of global city-city partnerships for sustainable urbanisation and assessing the framework conditions required to facilitate effective global city partnerships. Meet and discuss with us on 11 Feb 2018; 9-11am in room 409.

For implementing the New Urban Agenda, partnerships with strong commitments and cooperation on all scales, from local to global are required. Bi-lateral and multilateral partnerships between cities can enhance international support for effective and targeted capacity-building to support national plans to implement the NUA and SDGs. Exchange and co-creation of knowledge, technologies and experiences regarding sustainable city services and infrastructures offers promising prospects for addressing issues of urban planning, environment, health, water, transport, ICT, hazards, resilience and disaster risk reduction, and improving the well-being of citizens.

The main aim of this session is to assess the framework conditions for dedicated, committed and successful triple/quadruple helix city-city partnerships for implementing the NUA. The discussions will be framed by presentations of examples for city-city partnerships aiming at exchanging knowledge, mutual learning and capacity building of projects funded by JPI Urban Europe and the experience of URBAN-EU-CHINA’s partners. Besides presentations the following questions will be addressed with active participation of the audience:

  • How can global partnerships contribute to the mobilisation towards a common vision on sustainable urban development?
  • How can global triple/quadruple helix city partnerships foster capacity building/knowledge creation for implementing the NUA?
  • What framework conditions are required to allow global partnerships among cities to be successful?


URBAN-EU-CHINA will be represented by Bernhard Müller ( IOER, Dresden) who will set the scene with a presentation on “Transition towards urban sustainability through socially integrative cities Research and development in the EU and in China as a contribution to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda”. Furthermore, Buyang Cao (Tongji University Shanghai) will present the latest results on “Data-driven Insights to EU-CHINA urbanisation”. We are especially happy to welcome Changhua WU (Founder of TECONET) and Kristian Mjoen (Municipality of Trondheim) as speakers to the session as both are familiar with the URBAN-EU-CHINA project. Additionally, representatives from JPI Urban Europe will have short input presentations in the session before entering the interactive part of the workshop with the audience. The session will be moderated by Johannes Riegler (FFG).


Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Room 409
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Stall 7, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia