• 02
    March 2, 2022

    MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training: Introduction

    08:30 -09:30

    Wednesday, 2nd March 2022, 8:30-9:30 am CET


    The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat in partnership with the IURC programme of the European Union is organising an online training on urban food policy through a series of webinars for MUFPP and IURC cities in Asia Pacific. Participating cities will have the opportunity to showcase their best practices and learn from their peers in the region in the way they use food as an entry point for sustainable urban development.


    The training will consist of an introductory session, followed by six webinars directly linked to the six categories of the Milan Pact. The introductory webinar will give participating cities the opportunity to understand the key pillars of a food policy and all the associated benefits of developing one. As the first event, the introductory session will provide overviews of the Farm to Fork Strategy of the European Union and the MUFPP. Participating cities will have the possibility to share their learning needs and showcase their best practices on food related issues. The webinar will also be the occasion for presenting the entire series for cities interested to join the training.



    Overview on the IURC programme (10 minutes)

    Michel Mouchiroud, Deputy Head, EU Foreign Policy Instruments Asia-Pacific


    Keynote speech on the power of sustainable food system to transform our cities in the framework of the EU Green Deal (10 minutes)

    Andrea Magarini, Chair of the Eurocities Working Group Food


    Overview on the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and presentation of the webinar series (15 minutes)

    Filippo Gavazzeni, Head of the MUFPP Secretariat, City of Milan


    Survey and Q&A (20 minutes)


    Read the highlights and watch the video here.


  • 03
    March 3, 2022

    Zoom-in China Online Training Series (3): Understanding Tourism & Culture Industry in China

    09:00 -10:30


    According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), before COVID-19, the contribution of China’s tourism industry to the national economy was 9.3%, which was similar to the EU average (9.5%). The Chinese outbound travel market is notable for its large volume and rapid growth. Tourism from China to the EU has tripled in ten years. China has already become an important force in the global tourism economy. With its rich cultural heritage and natural resources, China offered unique tourism destinations. In 2016, China ranked number 8 among non-EU destinations (after USA, Turkey, Switzerland, Norway and Russia, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates). The successful events in the EU-China Tourism Year (2018), announced in 2016 by the (former) President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, provided a unique opportunity to increase visitors’ flows and investments in both EU and China.


    This training session provides the participants an overview about long-term social, economic and ecological change in the tourism and culture industry in China, focusing on innovation-driven action plans in the digital transition and rural revitalisation, therefore supporting the EU-China city and regional cooperation to lead in a more effective way and achieve a more satisfactory result.



    This Zoom-in session aims to identify major challenges faced and innovative strategies implemented in the Chinese tourism industry. The training may help EU cities and regions deepen the understanding in the Chinese context and transfer the knowledge to the EU-China city and regional cooperation under the IURC framework by:


    (1). Sharing social, economic and ecological context of the tourism industry in China

    (2). Identifying potential pilot areas in future cooperation with Chinese counterparts.



    This training will be open to:


    (1). IURC-China participating cities regions

    (2). IURC global community (invitation only)



    Read the highlights from the event

  • 04
    March 4, 2022

    IURC China Thematic Webinar: Tourism & Culture in Green and Digital Transition

    09:00 -11:00



    Tourism is one of the major economic sectors in many cities and regions in the EU and China, with high potential for employment generation. It is one of the major sources of public revenue and for local communities, including local residents and SMEs. However, tourism, converging with the culture sector, has been hard-hit by the pandemic.


    At the EU and national level, action plans have been launched to overcome the challenges for the green and digital transition, to increase resilience, and to lift global competitiveness. For example, the European Union´s green and digital “Transition Pathway for Tourism”, and China’s innovation-driven 14th Five-Year Tourism Development Plan (2021-2025). On the other hand, cities and regions endeavoured to develop strategies complemented with local development plans in various aspects, including data-based tourism services (e.g. Tools to manage sustainable transport, or exceptional occasions), sustainable local production & consumption, energy and resource-efficient tourism infrastructures, and innovative “cultural industry”.


    The webinar is organised as a part of the IURC China thematic cluster working session, aiming to share how cities and regions achieve green and digital transformation and resilience of the tourism & culture sector and discuss how EU-China cooperation can help them to reach the goals.




    Through deep multilateral discussion, this thematic webinar seeks to showcase challenges and solutions of sustainable tourism in enhancing economic development, social inclusion and innovation in IURC pilot cities & regions and offer them a framework to:


    (1) Share perspectives, policy initiatives, and best practices in sustainable tourism.

    (2) Identify potential common projects and relevant stakeholders to address green and digital transition and resilience in the tourism sector.




    This webinar will take place among


    (1) stakeholders from IURC China pilot cities and regions in the thematic group of Tourism and Culture;

    (2) invited participants from IURC global community.




    Read the highlights from the event

  • 04
    March 4, 2022

    IURC China 线上专题研讨会:绿色与智慧转型 - 文旅产业创新发展

    09:00 -11:00





    欧盟和中国中央政府层面已推出了文旅产业行动计划,以应对绿色和数字转型的挑战、提高复原力(Resilience),并提升全球竞争力。例如,欧盟的绿色和数字 “旅游业转型之路”,和中国国务院印发的《 “十四五”旅游业发展规划》。另一方面,各城市和区域努力制定与当地发展计划相配套的战略,包括基于数据的旅游服务(如管理可持续交通或应对突发状况的数字工具)、可持续的本地产品和消费、能源和资源节约型旅游基础设施,以及创新的 “文化产业”。


    此次研讨会是作为欧盟国际城市与区域合作IURC China项目合作专题组工作会议的一部分,旨在分享城市和区域如何实现绿色和数字化转型以及文旅产业的复原力,并讨论中欧合作如何能协助实现上述目标。











    (1)IURC China项目中方案例地区

    (2)IURC China项目欧方案例城市/区域




    2022年3月4日 北京时间下午4-6时




  • 17
    March 17, 2022

    Innovation Precincts

    08:00 -09:30

    Thursday, 17 March 2022, 08:00AM – 09:30AM (CET) / 18:00 – 19:30 (AEDT)
    Moderation: Professor Bruce Wilson at RMIT & Country Coordinator IURC Australia


    This thematic cluster webinar is a part of International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Asia & Australasia, which aims to further urban and regional cooperation in the fields of sustainable urban development and innovation between EU and non-EU cities. The activity is in addition to the ongoing bilateral discussions amongst cities. Within the IURC thematic network n°2 “Urban and Regional Renewal”, this webinar will narrow in on urban renewal precincts.


    According to Victoria Planning Authority, “urban renewal precincts are often old industrial areas that are no longer being used for their original purpose, and could benefit from redevelopment. Some urban renewal sites include large parcels of land owned by the government, or a single private owner, which can be transformed into great places for people. Additionally, urban renewal precincts also allow the government to deliver on key policy commitments, such as providing affordable housing and sustainable green spaces to the wider community.



    08:00/18:00 –  Welcome by HE Michael Pulch, EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Australia

    08:15/18:15 – Keynote presenter: Prof Jago Dodson, with Q&A

    08:30/18:30 – City case studies (each 10 minutes):
    • Madrid
    • Incheon
    • Melbourne
    • Sejong

    09:10/19:10 – Q&A and comments on the case studies

    09:20/19.20 – Concluding remarks

    09:30/19:30 – Closing