Sep 15, 2020

SGUP met the Chinese Association of Mayors (CAM) to discuss the Sino-German Mayor’s Program 2021

Sep 15, 2020

While the Sino-German Mayor’s Program had to be postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19, a continuation of the exchange is planned for early summer 2021.

On September 15, the SGUP team had a fruitful meeting with the International Cooperation Department of CAM to discuss preparations for the Sino-German Mayor´s Program in 2021. Both sides were optimistic that the rescheduling of the 2020 program to early summer 2021 will be feasible within the limitations resulting from current state of the pandemic.

The talks also concerned the preparation of the 40th anniversary of the program. According to CAM, the Sino-German Mayor´s Program is the longest running international exchange format on the city level in China. The program started in 1982 and has been connecting delegations of Chinese mayors with German counterparts for technical exchanges on selected topics of mutual concern. Since 2017, the program has been organized by the SGUP, and the focus has shifted towards municipal climate action.

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.