- 05April 5, 2022
After the success of the introductory webinar of the Asia Pacific Food Policy Training, we’re happy to invite you to the first webinar dedicated to the governance of the food system. It will take place on Tuesday, 5th April 2022, 9:00-10:00 a.m. CEST / 4:00-5:00 p.m. Seoul / 8:00-9:00 p.m. Wellington.
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.
Following the first category of the Milan Pact, the webinar will present how to consolidate the political and technical commitment to the food system through a variety of actions: the adoption of a dedicated food strategy, the establishment of a food policy office and food council, the assessment of your impact and the involvement of public and private stakeholders.
After a brief introduction to the topic and some best practices from Europe, we will listen to the experience of Milan, Seoul and Wellington.
9:00 – 9:10 Introduction on the governance of the food system
Filippo Gavazzeni, Head of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat, City of Milan
9:10 – 9:35 Best practices from Europe
Case studies from Berlin and Bordeaux
Serena Duraccio, Officer Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat, City of Milan
The Milan approach to food system governance
Elisa Porreca, Food Policy Officer, City of Milan
9:35 – 10:00 Experiences from Asia Pacific
Seoul Food Citizens’ Committee
Yoo Mi Park, Director of the Citizen’s Health Bureau, City of Seoul
The Wellington Food Systems Action Plan
Morgan Fitzgerald, Resilience Advisor, City of Wellington
Read the highlights, watch the video and download the presentations here.
- 06April 6, 2022
Webinar: Financing Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities, Part 2 – The role of development banks and private financing.
This webinar was the second part of the “Financing Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities” webinar series, on the role of development banks and private financing.
The event discussed the role of development banks and private financing in reducing the infrastructure gap in cities while promoting low-carbon investments.
- 13April 13, 2022
Zoom-in China Series (4): Opportunities for the European Cities and Regions from China's Green Transition
In recent years, China has made significant efforts to promote sustainable development and environment-friendly technologies. From 2016 to 2020, the country doubled its investment in clean energy research, and strongly promoted a human-centred, smart approach of ‘new-type urbanisation’. In China, many industries and sectors are developing very rapidly, including digital technologies, green technologies for sustainable cities, green energy, smart transport and services, financial services, medical technologies, and elderly care.
In 2020, China finally pledged to reach carbon emissions by 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2060. The process will inevitably result in further investment and opening-up in the green sector, thus presenting potential opportunities for EU businesses in China.
Synergized with EU SME Centre in China, this training session provides the participants with an overview of the key elements and main directions of China’s green transition efforts, particularly focusing on the areas of interest for EU businesses. It will also provide an overview of the main market entry strategies that the European business –in particular SMEs – can pursue in China, including associated risks.
IURC China & EU SME Centre in China
This training will be open to:
IURC-China participating cities & regions
IURC global community
EU representatives, business support organizations and SMEs
- 13April 13, 2022
本次活动由IURC China与欧盟中小企业中心（EU SME Centre）共同举办，将为参会者介绍中国绿色转型的关键因素和主要方向，着重介绍欧盟城市/区域及相关的欧盟中小企业与中国合作或进入中国市场时的相关战略建议和风险提示。
IURC China 案例城市及区域
- 29April 29, 2022
Europe has experienced four industrial revolutions, each of which involved technology and innovation. The
undergoing industry 4.0 (initiated in Germany in 2011) associated with key technologies such as the Internet
of Things (IoT), robotics, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology and artificial intelligence (AI)
is affecting a wide range of sectors. In 2021, the European Commission called for the Fifth Industrial
Revolution (Industry 5.0), which aims beyond efficiency and productivity for research and innovation-driven
transition to a sustainable, human-centric and resilient European industry. It places the production limits of
the planet and the well-being of the worker at the centre of the production process and integrates social
and environmental priorities into technological innovation to provide resilient prosperity beyond GDP
In 2021, China’s 14th Five-Year Plan marks a shift towards “innovation-driven development” and promotes
“entrepreneurship and innovation among all the people”. The investment in technology and R&D has
recently been at a record high. The patented technology is increasing. National and local policies support
technology transfer in industry, which drives socio-economic development. China´s `30-60 goals´, which
target on carbon peak in 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, lead to an opening market and huge
investment in the green tech and sustainability sector. The `innovation-driven strategy ‘and `Made in China
2025´ get a boost from the green transition in China and provide cooperation opportunities for EU cities
and regions in China.
The webinar is organized as a part of the IURC China thematic cluster working session, aiming to share how
cities and regions achieve green and digital transformation in technology, industry and innovation, 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
technology, industry and digital Economy in enhancing green development, social inclusion and innovation
in IURC pilot cities & regions and offer them a framework to:
1. Share perspectives, policy initiatives, and best practices
2. Identify potential common projects and relevant stakeholders to address the transition to a green
and digital economy.
This webinar will take place among：
1) stakeholders from IURC China pilot cities and regions in the thematic group of Technologies 4.0,
Industry 5.0 & innovation;
2) invited participants from IURC global community.