Oct 28, 2020

SGUP Project at the Urban October Conference

Oct 28, 2020

On October 28th, 2020, the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership took part in UN-HABITAT’s annual “Urban October” conference. This year, Urbanisation and Climate Change were at the center of discussions. Mr. ZHANG Zhenshan, Head of the UN-HABITAT China Office, Ms. LIU Younong, Chief Researcher in the field of Energy Efficiency in Buildings of the Center for Science Technology and Industrial Development (CSTID) under MoHURD, Mr. ZHENG Degao, Vice President of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD), and Markus Delfs, Project Director of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership presented China’s relevance for the global energy transition to a worldwide audience.

The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership further enriched the discourse with a virtual workshop on “Low-carbon development through energy efficiency in buildings in China” that explored China’s contribution to the global energy transition and gave insights into challenges, opportunities, and technological implementation of energy-efficient buildings. In the course of the conference, Mr. ZHANG Zhenshan visited the GIZ China office in Beijing.

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.