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.