Session D3: Low carbon cities in Asia through city-to-city cooperation


Please note this session is taking place in Book Seminar Room, Design Lab.

The urban population of the world is expected to increase by more than two thirds by 2050 with nearly 90 per cent of the increase to take place in the urban areas of Africa and Asia. According to “The Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014” issued by UN-ESCAP, in the first decade of the century, GHG emissions grew at an annual rate of 4.1%, nearly double the global rate (2.2%) in Asia-Pacific. This increase reflects the rapid economic development and changing production and consumption pattern of the region, while expanding disparity of the wealth. Growing cities need more and more combustion of fossil fuels for electricity generation, transport, industrial and residential uses.
Cities in Asia are facing serious climate change, air pollution and degradation of the environment. They need to tackle with unprecedented global problems. Under these critical circumstances, collaboration of cities, sharing experiences and knowledge are indispensable for bottom-up activities.
City to city and/or multi city-cooperation, either south-south or north-south city collaboration could forge long lasting human relation. These mechanisms could disseminate best practices and innovative ideas horizontally. Cities could become driving force for sustainable development if they are supported in a way to create synergy of each independent action.
Various organizations conduct project/program to support city-to- city cooperation on one hand, many cities have their own international strategy to partner with other cities on the other.
The session invites city representatives but also leading organizations which support city-to-city cooperation, shows their activities and discuss how they could collaborate each other for building low carbon and resilient cities in Asia.

Envisaged outcomes
Participants will develop their understanding of:

  • Mechanism of city-to-city cooperation, supporting schemes, their achievements and lesson learned
  • Role of brokerage and facilitation for city-to-city cooperation
  • Effective collaboration among partners for creation of low carbon cities in Asia.

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Naoki Mori, Executive Technical Advisor, Director, Office for Climate Change, Global Environment Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan

Kim Sang-Kap, Director, Secretariat of Urban Environmental Accords, Gwangju Metropolitan Government, Korea

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