CPC Central Committee Publishes Proposals for Formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan and Long-term Development Goals including Urban Topics

Nov 3, 2020

On November 3rd, 2020, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) released its “Proposals for formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP) for National Economic and Social Development and Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035”. The proposals are considered influential in the formulation of China’s new FYP for the years 2021 to 2025. Currently, the national policy blueprint is still in the drafting phase and will be launched at the beginning of 2021 by China’s cabinet, the State Council.

The FYP will set the framework for China’s future social and economic development and will be crucial for reaching the climate target by 2030. The CPC’s newest proposals gives first insights into the role that sustainability and urban development will play in the newest FYP. It emphasizes that:

  • Digitalization and sustainability will play a key role in the realm of infrastructure. Moreover, China aims at pushing for further urban-rural integration, energy transition, and the implementation of blue infrastructure, to combat drought or flooding.
  • Regarding urban development, the new FYP envisages ecological restoration in urban areas and the development of more adaptive and resilient cities, for instance sponge cities.

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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.