Sep 24, 2020

Meeting with Deputy Director General Li Zhe of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development (MoHURD) to discuss project activities for 2020/21

Sep 24, 2020

On September 24, the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) team met with DDG Li Zhe of the Foreign Affairs Department of MoHURD and other senior officials from the Chinese partner ministry of the SGUP, and representatives from the Chinese Academy of Urban Planning, to discuss the ongoing activities of both sides for the remainder of the project period till June 2021. On October 31, China will observe the World Cities Day in Fuzhou with this year´s thematic focus on “Valuing our communities and cities”. The SGUP will support this event with project activities. For 2021 the SGUP confirmed to organize again the long-standing Sino-German Mayor´s Program, based on a delegation trip of mayors from a selected Chinese province to Germany. The SGUP will also organize for the first time a training program and a symposium on sustainable urbanization between MoHURD and BMU. Details for both events were discussed, together with a preparatory exchange on the Chinese participation in the Daring Cities virtual conference in October 2020. Both sides acknowledged that COVID-19 burdens international cooperation, but both sides’ efforts to minimize its impact on the SGUP have been successful so far.

Photo Credit: MoHURD

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.