Author: Franziska Walther


Lazio-Zhengzhou Regional Innovation Cooperation: IURC China Team Visited Lazio Region

On 21st -22nd December 2022, the IURC China team conducted a study visit to the Lazio Region. The visit began with a hybrid meeting attended by the delegates from Zhengzhou city and the Lazio region. Both sides agreed on the scope and intended actions framed in the MoU, which will be signed on 31st January 2023. Both Zhengzhou and the...

A Retrospect of 2022 and Looking Ahead to 2023

It’s that time of year again! 2022 has been a year of achievements. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to IURC China pilot cities and regions, stakeholders and supporters from Europe and China! IURC China 2022 has a great start through networking events. We’ve had fruitful study visits (on-site and online) and informative meetings with all IURC China...

NCI Bologna and Yangzhou Met to Prepare for Green Design Centre and Academic Cooperations

On 13th December 2022, officials from Nuovo Circondario Imolese of Bologna (Italy) and Yangzhou (China) participated in an online working session to develop substantive cooperation areas between the cities. NCI, Bologna and Yangzhou are partner cities in the IURC China programme. In December 2021, the two cities signed the Memorandum of Understanding to solidify the cooperation through a joint Green...

IURC-China Team Visits Bari, Italy

IURC-China team made a fruitful study visit to the city of Bari on 28-29 November 2022. The technical visits aimed at meeting the key mayor´s administration and technical staff, understanding the social and economic context related to the shared best practices and identifying the key priorities regarding IURC China cooperation in the areas of: Urban regeneration Tourism and culture Jobs,...

IURC China Lazio Region – Zhengzhou City 2nd Working Session

On 03rd November, the Lazio region (Italy) and Zhengzhou city (China) undertook the second follow-up meeting as part of the IURC-China cooperation working sessions in Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-Food System. Two sides are committed to their cooperation on the topics of: Sustainable agricultural production system Organic agriculture Safe food supply system Local supply and regional self-production Circularity in agriculture Greenhouse...

IURC Annual Event Brings IURC-China Cities and Regions Closer Together towards Cooperative Leadership

On the 7th and 8th of November, IURC-China city and region representatives met in Brussels at the IURC Annual Event 2022. The delegates exchanged their urban/regional development experiences, found solutions to common challenges, and envisioned joint actions. IURC Regional Workshop On 7th November, more than 50 delegates from Europe, China, India, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia participated in the...

IURC China Cooperation Webinar: Urban Renewal and Renovation Wave

In IURC cities, both in Europe and China, urban renewal has become the major approach to meet the increasing demand of residents for urban space and facilities without the expenses of large-scale demolition of existing buildings and urban fabric. Many neighbourhoods and buildings are in critical demand of renovation aiming for healthy environmental quality, energy & resource efficiency, and aesthetics...

IURC China Cooperation Webinar: Urban Planning and Design for Inclusive, Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities

The sustainability, productivity and resilience of urban systems heavily depend on transformation through urban planning and design, with the interaction of different stakeholders, allowing for reliable and forward-thinking collaboration among citizens, politicians and municipal administration. Of course, as each European and Chinese city has its own identity and socio-economic conditions, there is no one-fits-all solution. However, cities may network and...

IURC China Bilateral Working Session on Sustainable Agri-Food System : Lazio Region – Zhengzhou City

On 29 September, delegates from Zhengzhou City (China) and Lazio region (Italy) participated in a bilateral working session to discuss potential cooperation on sustainable agri-food system. The delegates exchanged experiences and shared regulatory and technical knowledge, identified potential pilot projects focusing on food safety, urban and peri-urban agriculture, organic farming, and circularity in agriculture, aiming for resilience and responsiveness in...

EU-China Cooperation in Education, Jobs & Skills: New Skills Agenda for Sustainability, Competitiveness, and Innovation

On 28th September, the IURC-China cooperation webinar on Education, Jobs, and Skills invited European and Chinese cities and regions in a collaborative and participatory environment to share best practices for achieving competitiveness and innovation, by enabling citizens through quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning to participate fully in society and manage successfully in the labour market transition. The...