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Almería is located in the South East of Spain. The city is surrounded by an arid landscape and a Mediterranean coastal strip featuring many tourist attractions, such as the ancient Alcazaba. The economy of Almería is mainly based on greenhouse agriculture, tourism, and the service sector.
Almería has extensive experience in water efficiency. The city is looking to learn best practices on circular economy, nature-based solutions, and environmental sustainability.Discover what we did in IUC
Anci Lazio is the Association of municipalities of Lazio region, involving both the City Council of Velletri and the City of Rome. Velletri is situated in the most densely populated part of Rome’s metropolitan area. Rome is the city with the largest urban agriculture area in Europe.
Anci Lazio is interested in working on urban poverty alleviation and social inclusion of migrants and refugees, as well as in developing sustainable agriculture and building a Food Policy.Discover what we did in IUC
The City of Aurora is the second-largest city in Illinois. Aurora has long been a transportation hub with easy access to Interstate 88, two Metra stations, and a regional airport. It also counts with four Higher Education Institutions,14 business parks, and a 130+ mile fiber network.
Thematic ClustersEducation, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters Mobility & Transport
Cross Cutting ChallengesDigital Transition & Smart City
The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is the centre of all development activities. The cityscape is always changing with new high-rise buildings and extensive mass transit systems being constructed, old architecture with heritage value being repurposed and green infrastructure and public space being transformed to improve quality of life.
A recent signatory of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, Bangkok is proposed to cooperate with Milan to innovate its urban food systems and explore urban farming.
Barcelona is undergoing a third wave of transformation to reclaim and regenerate green corridors and restore biodiversity in the city by developing key high value metropolitan strategic environments for socio-economic revitalization using smart and nature-based solutions. Key urban remodelling and development projects include the Besòs River Plan and 22@.Discover what we did in IUC
The Barcelona Metropolitan Area is the public administration of the metropolitan area of Barcelona and encompasses 36 municipalities. The metropolitan area occupies a strategic position in southern Europe, in the middle of the Mediterranean corridor. This privileged position has allowed it to become the epicentre of the region Catalonia.
Bari has a solid mercantile and entrepreneurial tradition and is always a focal point in trade and political-cultural contacts with Middle East. The main challenges Bari faces are the redevelopment of the waterfront, the conversion of brownfield into parks and cultural centres, and the enhancement of archaeological and architectural heritage.
Barranquilla is an industrial and port city bordering the Caribbean Sea. It is the capital of the Atlantic department and an economic centre of national relevance. It is indeed the most important economy of the Caribbean region and has the fourth largest GDP amongst Colombian cities.
Barranquilla seeks to address issues of urban poverty and regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods. The city is also interested in sustainable agriculture, with a special focus on urban gardens.Discover what we did in IUC
Boston has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. After Boston’s population reached a low point in 1980, residents’ tenacity, complemented by its world-class hospitals and universities, fueled the city’s reinvention into a knowledge economy. Over the past five years, Boston has grown twice as quickly as the nation.Discover what we did in IUC
Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia with high potential to be an example of smart and innovative solutions for sustainable urban development. It has been strongly committed to SUD and climate change adaptation as city’s historic areas are at risk from the impacts of extreme weather events.
Bratislava will continue to cooperate with Tokorozawa to integrate urban ecology viewpoints such as the role of green infrastructures into urban planning.Discover what we did in IUC
Brisbane is home to the largest local government in Australia. It is the country’s third largest city, but its fastest growing. Brisbane is the largest certified carbon neutral government organisation in Australia and Australia’s most biodiverse city. In 2032, Brisbane will host the Summer Olympics, which will be ‘climate-positive’.
Busan Metropolitan City is the second largest city in the Republic of Korea and is one of the busiest port cities in the world, renowned for tourism and culture. A Smart City National Pilot City, Busan boasts considerable experience in smart city, mobility, and transportation.Discover what we did in IUC
Cali is strategically connected to the Pacific coast through the Buenaventura port and to the municipality of Yumbo, which is an important industrial center. Cali is considered a key national economic center, especially for its industrial sector and agri-food production. The city also has a dynamic service sector.
Cali is interested in sustainable and strategic planning regarding housing, public services, mobility, urban infrastructure, and public spaces. It promotes climate change management at the local level and rural-urban integration.Discover what we did in IUC
Canberra is one of the few planned capital cities in the world, and it is a nature-based city; around half of the ACT is nature reserve. It is home to the Australian Federal Parliament and six universities. Canberra is also home to Australia’s cultural institutions. The city is powered by 100% renewable energy.
Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand and was the centre of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. It boasts a distinct cultural identity with many historical landmarks of great heritage value and a beautiful landscape that makes it a popular tourist destination for Thais and foreigners alike.
Sharing similarities in terms of innovation, Chiang Mai is proposed to work with Granada in areas related to smart city, circular economy and waste management.
Christchurch is the country’s second-largest city by urban area population. Historically a dominant economic activity, agriculture has been complemented by a rise in scientific and technology-based industries. One of Christchurch’s major initiatives is the development of wellbeing-focused collaborations and approaches supporting individual, community, and business resilience in response to disaster.
Thematic ClustersRenovation Wave NBS-Greening-Water Management Circular Economy- Waste Management Sustainable Agriculture- Food Chains Urban Agenda / Planning Urban Poverty- Deprived Neighbourhoods Mobility & Transport
Cross Cutting ChallengesDigital Transition & Smart City Energy Transition & Climate Change
Colleferro and Latina are located in the southern area of the Region of Lazio in central Italy, being Lazio the second region of Italy for GDP produced (about 11% of the national total) and among the 20 most important regional economies of the European Union (1.3% of the total).
Established in 1893, Da Lat is the political, economic and cultural centre of Lam Dong Province, located on Lam Vien plateau in the Central Highland Region of Vietnam, about 1,500 meters above sea level. It has historical, cultural and architectural heritage, hillsides and different flower and organic vegetable farms all around.
A service-based city, with an emphasis of commerce and tourisms, lying on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. Awarded to European Capital of Culture 2016. Local Action Plan against Climate Change has been implemented with focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy use, rational use of resources and waste management.
Increasing urban resiliency would be an area of common interest for Donostia-San Sebastian, Lugo, and Toyama, encompassing a wide area of policies such as: energy efficiency; climate adaptation; and sustainable urban planning.Discover what we did in IUC
Dortmund is the third-largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia, and the eighth-largest city of Germany. Dortmund is a city very much influenced by structural change. Over the last few decades, the region has been transformed from the most important industrial location in Germany to become a region of service-oriented knowledge.
Bacau needs to attract new investments for the future. A partnership between local and central public sector is necessary for the growth of the private sector and the generation of sustainable jobs. Currently, Bacau County is facing a demographic decline and a significant part of workforce doesn’t generate added value.
Beijing has built the Integrated National Demonstration Zone for opening-up the service sector and the pilot free trade zone, whilst seeking to set up the National Service Trade Innovation and Development Demonstration Zone, the Digital Trade Demonstration Zone and the Beijing Stock Exchange, in order to foster new development pattern.
Castilla y León is Spain’s largest region. Agriculture is its major economic sector but it also has an important industrial fabric, with food and automotive as the main sectors, and focuses on the development of a knowledge-based economy, promoting such as the aerospace industry, renewable energy, health biotechnology or TICs.
Chengdu, located in Southwestern China, is home to world natural and cultural heritage sites and crowned as the best tourist city in China and world’s culinary capital. A China-Europe Railway Express hub, Chengdu is well connected for its electronic information, car manufacturing, food & beverage, equipment manufacturing, and biomedicine industries.
Chongqing Liangjiang New Area is the first national new area in inland China, a gateway to openness for inland regions. It forms a “2+2+2” industrial system, consisting of 2 hundred-billion-level industries (automobiles and E-information), 2 cultivation industries (high-end equipment and biomedicine), and 2 integration industries (scientific-and-technological innovation and modern services).
Dalian is an important port city on the northern coast of China with tourism resources. It has a 2,211-km coastline and is the window opening to the world in the Northeast region. A model city for modern logistics, Dalian connects China to Japan, South Korea, Russia, Europe, America and Asia.
Thematic ClustersTechnology 4.0 Industry 5.0 Regional Innovation (RIS 4) Education, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters
Cross Cutting ChallengesEnergy Transition & Climate Change
Hangzhou strives to develop an open economy and build a key hub for “Digital Silk Road” to strengthen economic ties with European market. Recently, Hangzhou’s cross-border e-commerce model has been widely promoted. Besides, it has launched the world’s first Electronic World Trade Platform, eWTP public service platform, for overseas development.
Jinan is a well-connected key city along the new Eurasian land corridors. With the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region to the north, the Yangtze River Delta to the south, Japan and South Korea to the east, and the Yellow River basin to the west, it has a comprehensive network of transportation means.
Krapina-zagorje County’s economic activities are the production and processing industry, trading, and construction, with potential for IT, transportation, tourism, and sustainable agriculture infrastructure. It is focusing on smart village and smart city development approach, designing and implementing a digital transition strategy, and enabling interconnection between government, academia and private sectors.
Qingdao is a popular tourist destination, an international port, and a UNESCO City of Film. Home to Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology and National Innovation Center of High-Speed Train, half of China’s marine science and technology talents and one-third of academicians in marine field are based here.
Tianjin is the “maritime gateway” to Beijing and Xiong’an New Area, a key component of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei development. The Tianjin Port is connected to over 500 ports. Besides, Tianjin has dense railway & expressway networks and an International Airport, making it a regional hub and an international aviation logistics center.
Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province, a national central city and a key city of the Yangtze River Economic Belt. It has 3 national-level development zones. In 2020, the city’s GDP ranked 9th in China. In the first three quarters of 2021, its GDP was increased by 18.8%.
Xi’an is well connected as a global air and land transportation hub. It is one of the first pilot cities for IP commercialization and a Top 10 Innovative City. Besides, Xi’an embraces frequent international exchanges, having established sister-city relationships with 38 cities from 30 countries, including 14 European cities.
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