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  • 02
    02.June.Thursday

    IURC China Webinar: Regional Innovation & Smart Sustainable Specialization Strategies

    09:00 -11:00
    2022.06.02

    BACKGROUND

     

    In the past two decades, regional innovation development policies have been widely discussed and implemented throughout the world. It is essential for the national and local governments to develop a strong innovation ecosystem, and react to the growing challenges of societies. Nowadays active circulation of know-how and innovation significantly contributes to the regional development and quality of life of the people.

     

    The EU has implemented the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) since 2002 to enable sustainable, inclusive, and smart growth. Regional decision-makers endeavour to adopt regional policies to ensure local thematic priorities and foster innovation, growth, and entrepreneurship and participate in international cooperation network. The European Commission aligned the investment policies to the challenges and needs for knowledge-based regional development and increased the region´s competitiveness with the triple helix approach (interaction of academic, industry and government). Since 2014, China has been developing the strategic regional innovation ecosystem, especially in Bohai Delta, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta. Shandong province also transformed the manufacturing sector from the automobile industry to E-automobiles and Industrial Internet. Learning from the good practices of developing innovation ecosystems in different regions, China is developing its unique regional innovation strategies with the co-evolution of multiple stakeholders.

     

    In 2020, under the framework of the EU-China Regional Policy Dialogue, a joint study of EU-China Regional Innovation was conducted by IUC (the previous phase of IURC). The study highlighted China´s experience in the regionalization of national innovation policy and the EU´s experience in the role of regions as independent actors developing an independent vision and strategy for innovation.

     

    This webinar is organized as a part of the IURC China thematic cluster working session, aiming to share how regions achieve green and digital transformation in regional development agendas and discuss how EU-China cooperation can help them to reach the goals.

     

    OBJECTIVES

     

    Through deep multilateral discussion, this thematic webinar seeks to showcase challenges and solutions of developing a regional innovation ecosystem, enhance green development, social inclusion and innovation in IURC pilot cities & regions and provide them with a networking opportunity 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.

     

    Participants

     

    This webinar will take place among:

    1. stakeholders from IURC China pilot cities and regions in the thematic group of Regional Innovation & Smart and Sustainable Specialization Strategies;

    2. invited participants from IURC global community.

     

    Agenda

     

    Register

  • 02
    02.June.Thursday

    IURC China 研讨会:区域创新与智慧专业化战略

    09:00 -11:00
    2022.06.02

    背景

    在过去二十年里,区域创新发展政策在世界各地得到了广泛的讨论和实施。国家和地方政府必须发展一个强大的创新生态系统,并对社会日益增长的挑战作出反应。知识和创新的广泛交流极大提高了区域发展水平和人民生活质量。

     

    欧盟自2002年以来实施了区域创新战略(RIS),以实现可持续、包容性和智慧增长。区域决策者以确保当地民生的优先战略,采取促进创新、创业和经济增长的区域政策,并融入国际合作网络。欧盟委员会将投资政策与区域知识创新能力所面临的挑战和需求相结合,并通过三螺旋方法(学术界、工业界和政府的互动)提高区域的竞争力。自 2014 年以来,中国一直在发展战略区域创新生态系统,特别是在环渤海湾地区、长江三角洲和珠江三角洲。山东省也将制造业从传统汽车行业向电动汽车和工业互联转型。通过借鉴不同地区发展创新生态系统的良好实践,中国正在发展其独特的区域创新战略,多方利益协作,共同发展。

     

    2020年,在中国-欧盟区域政策对话的框架下,IURC的前一阶段IUC对中国-欧盟的区域创新进行了联合研究。该研究强调了中国在国家创新政策区域化方面的经验,中国在国家创新政策本地化方面的经验,以及欧盟区域作为”独立的”个体制定本地区域创新战略的有效实践。

     

    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,旨在分享各地区如何在区域发展议程中实现绿色和数字转型,并讨论中欧合作如何能协助实现上述目标。

     

    会议目标

     

    通过深入的多边讨论,本合作专题研讨会旨在展示在发展区域创新生态系统方面,IURC案例城市与地区在促进绿色发展、社会包容和创新时所面临的挑战和解决方案,并为他们提供达成以下目的平台:

    1. 分享观点、政策倡议和最佳实践

    2. 确认潜在的合作项目和利益相关者,以应对绿色及数字经济的转型

     

    参会者

     

    1. IURC China“区域创新与智慧和可持续专业化战略”专题合作小组内案例城市及区域的利益相关方

    2. 受邀的IURC 全球社区成员

     

    日期:2022年6月2日 北京时间下午3-5点

     

    议程

     

    注册

  • 21
    21.June.Tuesday

    Circular Food Waste Community Hubs: Preparing the Pilot Models for Circular Neighbourhoods

    All day
    2022.06.21

    Tuesday, 21 June 2022 09:00 – 11:00 CEST | 15:00 – 17:00 MYT | 16:00 – 18:00 JST

     

    Check your local time here.

     

    In our first thematic webinar Circular City Hubs: Improving Thriving, Liveable, Resilient Urban Centres on 14 December 2021,  participating IURC cities identified cities as centres for innovation hubs. The outcome of the webinar resulted in 13 IURC cities from 9 countries (Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Finland, New Zealand, Portugal) completing a circular economy cluster spreadsheet for an inclusive stock take. The top three waste streams identified were food waste in 5 cities, waste water treatment in 4 cities and plastic circularity in 3 cities which is connected to food waste.

     

    Today’s thematic webinar will focus on Southeast Asia cities’ circular food waste community hubs a key locus of circular change to grow Circular Neighbourhoods. Cities from Italy, Portugal, Japan and Malaysia will present the critical activities and deliverables needed to implement and replicate pilot model cities leading in this critical transformation with their communities and F&B outlets under the theme of “Circular Neighbourhoods”.

     

    Download the full programme

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  • 23
    23.June.Thursday

    IURC China Webinar: Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System

    09:00 -11:20
    2022.06.23

    BACKGROUND

     

    Both the EU and China are facing three major challenges in the agricultural sector. First, food security challenge: the EU is part of the global food system, whereas China has a daunting task to feed 22% of the world’s population with 9% of the world’s arable land. Second, environmental challenges such as soil degradation, water shortages, biodiversity loss and climate change. And third, high degree of urbanization: 75% of the Europe population lives in cities in and 64% in China, a proportion that is projected to 80% by 2050. These are some reasons why urban agriculture has become a subject of growing interest and a burgeoning sector. Despite the growing awareness worldwide of the potential of urban agriculture, it has yet to fully find its way into policy and practice in both the EU and China.

     

    In Europe, the “Europe 2020” strategy laid the groundwork for smarter, more sustainable and inclusive growth. Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) focuses on classical agricultural production in rural areas, but also includes implicit chances for urban agriculture, including the development of short supply chains and local markets or the promotion of cooperation activities. The Green Deal with its Farm-to-Fork-Strategy aims to create sustainable food systems stressing the creation of a robust and resilient food system. In China, policy recommendations put urban-rural integrated development and rural revitalization forward, which implies the potential of urban agriculture in solving the issues of urban-rural discrepancy, e.g. the National Sustainable Agriculture Development Plan (2015-2030) which highlights the environmental challenges in the agricultural sector and promotes locally adapted agriculture and circular agriculture. The shorter-term „National Agriculture Green Development Plan“ (2021-2025) or the cross-cutting “14th Five-Year Plan for Circular Economy Development” (2021-2025) are just other examples of the promotion of a more sustainable, resource-efficient agriculture.

     

    The webinar is organised as a part of the IURC China thematic cluster working sessions, aiming to share how cities and regions achieve transition towards green, circular and bio-economy and resilient agri-food systems, and discuss how EU-China cooperation can help them to reach the goals.

     

    OBJECTIVES

     

    Through deep multilateral discussion, this thematic webinar seeks to showcase challenges and solutions of developing robust and resilient agri-food systems, enhancing green, circular and bioeconomy in IURC pilot cities & regions and provide them with a networking opportunity 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 circular economy.

     

    Participants

     

    This webinar will take place among:

     

    1. stakeholders from IURC China pilot cities and regions in the thematic group of Sustainable urban agriculture and Agri-food systems;

    2. invited participants from IURC global community.

     

    REGISTER

     

    AGENDA

  • 23
    23.June.Thursday

    Public transport as a key enabler for carbon neutral and connected cities

    16:00 -17:30
    2022.06.23

    According to the International Transport Forum public transport buses and trains can release up to a fifth of CO2 emissions per passenger-Km than ride-hailing and about a third of a private vehicle. A strong and well-integrated public transport network can also help provide equal access to jobs, education, services and other economic opportunities, particularly to those without private vehicles.
    Space

    Investing in public transport is one of the most effective measures to reduce transports’ emissions and bring cities closer to reach their climate targets. It can increase equity and foster economic development, therefore – ensuring that public transportation is accessible, affordable, and inclusive is of paramount importance to reach wider climate and societal goals set by cities.
    Space

    This webinar will explore concrete measures cities can take to 1) support the deployment of public transports’ services and infrastructures, 2) foster decarbonisation in the transport network and 3) guarantee its accessibility for all citizens.

    Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with panellists in the Q&A session.

    Space

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    Space

    –> Agenda here

    Space

    –> More information: aamerico@iurc.eu

    Space

    Context

    With the launch of the new Covenant Commitment in April 2021, cities are now committing to becoming climate neutral by 2050 and setting mid and long-term targets consistent with the EU objectives and at least as ambitious as their national targets. With this increased ambition in place, reducing emissions from the transport sector is going to be a key element for the climate neutral transformation of Covenant signatories.

    Our webinar series ‘Policy options to reduce emissions from transport’ will present different approaches and examples already implemented in signatory cities, which will give practical ideas on what type of actions can be included in your new or revised SECAPs.

    Each webinar will also allow time for discussion around common challenges and point participants towards resources, projects and additional information developed by the expert organisations part of the Covenant of Mayors Coalition of the Willing on Sustainable Mobility, who have contributed to this webinar series.