Discover Asia & Australasia.

In Asia and Australasia, the project supports EU cities partnerships with India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand. Activities to be implemented include pairing, thematic cluster activities, trainings, city-to-city study visits, networking events, thematic reports.

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IURC Asia & Australasia Reads


Ranchi and Patna visit Reggio Emilia

Siriwat PokrajenAug 1, 20224 min read

Two delegates from the Indian city of Ranchi and one delegate from the Indian city of Patna visited Reggio Emilia (Italy) from the 20th to 23rd of June 2022. The…

Achieving Social and Economic Equity through Food System

Siriwat PokrajenJul 29, 20225 min read

The MUFPP & IURC has been running an Asia Pacific food policy training since March 2022, having covered two aspects of food policy: 1) Governance of Food System and 2)…

Rotterdam visits Busan and Sejong as the first study visit of the IURC EU-Korea partnerships

Pablo GandaraJul 19, 20225 min read

From 4-8 July 2022, Rotterdam visited South Korea as part of the IURC programme to connect with Busan, its partner city, and Sejong, whom it is expanding cooperation with outside…

Early success story from Asia & Australasia and much more

Siriwat PokrajenJul 12, 20229 min read

The exchange of knowledge and best practices between EU and non-EU cities in the Asian and Australasian geographical area has been dynamic. Since the start of 2022, the project team…

Sofia and Semarang work on urban mobility systems

Siriwat PokrajenJul 7, 20227 min read

The IURC programme organised a study visit for delegates from Sofia, Bulgaria, to Semarang City, Indonesia, from 28 June to 1 July 2022. The delegation consisted of three officials, led…

PMRDA, Karlsruhe and IURC Programme Commit to Cooperation on Sustainable Urbanisation

Siriwat PokrajenJul 6, 20223 min read

The EU-funded International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Programme, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), Maharashtra, India, and the City of Karlsruhe, Germany, have signed three Memorandums of Understanding…

Messina’s study visit to Kochi focuses on flood management

Siriwat PokrajenJul 6, 20224 min read

Two delegates from the Italian city of Messina visited Kochi, a port city on the southwest coast of India, from the 24th to 27th of May 2022. Accompanied by Dr…

Chiang Mai and Granada eye on smart technologies: Two ancient cities look to the future

Siriwat PokrajenJul 5, 20227 min read

In the geographical area of Asia and Australasia, the Thai city of Chiang Mai and the Spanish city of Granada were so far the last pair to start their cooperation.…

Albacete-Gangtok study visit focuses on waste management

Siriwat PokrajenJul 4, 20224 min read

A 3-member delegation from Albacete, Spain, visited the bustling hill station city of Gangtok in Sikkim, India, from 18th to 20th May 2022. The delegation included, Mr Carlos Manuel Rubio…

Gwalior delegates visit Leuven

Siriwat PokrajenJul 4, 20224 min read

From 16th to 18th May, a 4-member delegation from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, visited the city of Leuven in Belgium to further build upon their cooperation since the IUC programme…

EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation: The First Exchange Meeting of EU Regions and Japanese Prefectures

Ivana Rae AlmoraJun 28, 20222 min read

The EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation is a project of the European Union managed by the Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of…

8th Thematic Webinar – Circular Food Waste Community Hubs: Preparing the Pilot Models for Circular Neighbourhoods

Siriwat PokrajenJun 24, 202212 min read

IURC cities engaged in Circular Food Waste Community Hubs discussions and recommendations for Southeast Asia cities The IURC Asia & Australasia’s 8th thematic webinar on 21 June 2022 attracted 134…

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