Category: News from Asia & Australasia


APPLY NOW! EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation

5 Regions from different Member States of the EU and 5 Prefectures from Japan will soon be selected to exchange best practices and knowledge to improve and to internationalise their respective regional innovation strategies while promoting international value chains. The EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation is a project of the European Union managed by the Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) and the...

Leuven representative meet in Gwalior

Representatives from Gwalior, Leuven and IURC met on 25 April 2022 in Gwalior to promote the cooperation on business incubator support and plan the exchange visit of 4 delegates from Gwalior to Leuven between 16-19 May 2022. Mr Geert Robberechts, Director of India House Leuven, visited the city to conduct a preliminary assessment of the incubator services. He met with...

7th Thematic Webinar: Flood Management

Within the thematic network "Ecological Transition-Green Deal,” IURC in India is working with 6 cities on the topic of flood management. On 12th April 2022, IURC hosted a thematic cluster webinar on ‘Nature-based solutions for flood management’. This event aspired to facilitate exchange of best practices on flood prevention, an early warning system and flood management coping mechanisms. City officials...

Thai cities are very focused on cooperation topics with EU cities

While Thai cities were among the last to join the IURC programme, they are very focused on the topics of cooperation with EU cities, thus enabling quick progress and paving the way for the study visits that should begin in June. Left: Meeting between Chiang Mai and Granada on 4 April, also attended by the Chiang Mai mayor himself. Right:...

IURC Cities Share Food Governance Best Practices

Following the introductory webinar of the Asia Pacific Food Policy Training organised in March, IURC and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) hosted the first webinar dedicated to the governance of food systems on 05 April. The event facilitated an exchange of experience and best practices that cities have in consolidating their political and technical commitment to the food...

Smart Utilities establish a new connection between Sejong and Sofia

In March, Sejong and Sofia met again to discuss Smart Utilities. In this meeting, Sofia presented about Smart Utilities and Green Energy while Sejong presented about Renewable Energy. Both cities focused on the topic of Smart Utilities, with diverse project examples and upcoming renewable energy plans. Through this meeting, cities also showed great interest and indicated to continue discussion on...

Journey to make both Dublin and Seoul future cycling and walking cities

On the first week of March, Seoul and Dublin met again to share and continue the conversation on walkable and cyclable cities. In this meeting, Patricia Reidy and Christopher K. Manzira from Dublin presented the city’s plans for walking and cycling. The meeting started with the presentation, Covid Pandemic Response – Changing the streetscape, by Patricia Reidy. In this presentation, we...

Chiang Mai joins IURC to cooperate with Granada

Chiang Mai has become the second Thai city to join the IURC programme and will cooperate with Granada, a top city in the IUC phase that led cooperation on the topic of blockchain. Apart from city officials and the IURC team, joining the kick-off meeting between the two cities on 23 March 2022 were HE David Daly, EU Ambassador to...

Jamshedpur and Alto Minho to cooperate on waste segregation

Jamshedpur, a uniquely governed industrial city in the Indian state of Jharkhand, and the Alto Minho Functional Area, an association of 10 municipalities in Portugal, will be cooperating under the IURC programme on best practices for waste segregation. City representative along with the IURC team met on 11th March 2022. On the Jamshedpur side, it was attended by Mr Rajiv...

Bandung and Rome introduce urban food projects

On 18 March 2022, city officials from Bandung City of Indonesia and Rome City of Italy met online for the first time to introduce their existing initiatives related to urban food. Both cities also brought their partners to the meeting. The Sapienza University of Rome, also involved in the previous cooperation under the IUC framework, participated in the meeting. Meanwhile,...