Oct 31, 2020

The Sino-German Partnership’s Participation in the World Cities Day 2020 Fuzhou

Oct 31, 2020

On October 31st, 2020, the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership participated in the “World Cities Day 2020” in Fuzhou (Fujian Province), held by the National Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), the Provincial Government and UN-HABITAT. BMU’s Director-General Dr. Karsten Sach delivered a key-note speech via video, calling for more international cooperation on climate change in cities. He also introduced new international initiatives by the BMU like the “Gap-Fund”, which will support cities worldwide with their urban climate policies. Overall, the contributions revolved around the topic of sustainable and green urban development. The whole livestream of the event in Chinese can be watched here.

Photo Credit: GIZ

Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Project country
Political Partners
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD)

In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project since June 2016. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focuses on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany. The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consists of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation is held, alternating between China and Germany.