Category: News from Asia & Australasia


Multistakeholder partnership on flood management between Kochi, Messina and key academic institutions

The Kochi-Messina city-to-city cooperation on flood management as part of the EU funded IURC programme is enabling the cities to ‘learn from each other, set ambitious targets, forge lasting partnerships, test new solutions and boost their international profile’ as envisioned in the EU Urban Agenda. With support from the programme, the governments of Kochi and Messina are now building multistakeholder...

1st MUFPP Asia Pacific Regional Forum with support from EU

With support from the European Union, the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) Secretariat, the City of Bandung, and the University of Parahyangan co-organised the 1st MUFPP Asia Pacific Regional Forum on 3-4 August 2022 in support of Indonesia’s U20 Mayors Summit and G20 Summit, to be held at the end of August and in mid-November this year respectively. Titled...

Ranchi and Patna visit Reggio Emilia

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 delegation included: Mr. Mukesh Kumar (IAS), Municipal Commissioner, Ranchi Municipal CorporationMr. Amit Kumar (IAS), CEO, Ranchi Smart City & Director, State Urban Development Agency, JharkhandMr. Ravi Kumar, Team Lead Revenue...

Achieving Social and Economic Equity through Food System

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) Sustainable Diets & Nutrition. The third webinar, held on 22 July 2022, addressed the topic of “Social & Economic Equity”. It presented how cities tackle inequality and poverty related to...

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

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 of the programme. Rotterdam and Busan launched their study visit with a kick-off conference at Busan Metropolitan City Hall. First, IURC introduced the programme to orient the delegates for their...

Early success story from Asia & Australasia and much more

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 has provided support to the ongoing discussions between cities and organised a series of webinars on topics such as innovation precincts, flood management and food policy, involving almost 500 people...

Sofia and Semarang work on urban mobility systems

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 by Ms Iva Vylkova, Advisor to Deputy Mayor of Sofia City. Two other governmental organisations joined the programme, namely SOfia GREEN" - a project of Sofia Municipality, represented by Ms...

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

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 (MoUs) at PMRDA Office on 31st May 2022 to build relationships and promote concrete cooperation on sustainable urban development and innovation from 2021-2023. During the signing, the Honorable Commissioner of...

Messina’s study visit to Kochi focuses on flood management

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 Panagiotis Karamanos, Country Coordinator India, IURC Asia & Australasia, the delegation included: Mr Dino Alessi, Coordinator, URBACT III Program ProjectsMs Beatrice Briguglio, International Project Expert Delegates from Messina share best...

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

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. Prior to their kick-off meeting in March 2022, Chiang Mai had to reach out to national agencies to confirm its authority to participate in the IURC programme, thus prolonging the...