From November 16 to 17, 2020, the Fourth High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development and events related to Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance were successfully held in Chengdu, hosted by China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, P.R. China.
The forum was guided by National Development and Reform Commission, P.R. China (NDRC), and supported by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Energy Foundation China, and United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific. Participants include leaders from the Thirteenth CPPCC National Committee, NDRC, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Chinese and foreign cities, international institutions, renowned scholars, and representatives of multinational enterprises. With the theme of "Promoting High-quality Sustainable Development for Open and Sharing Cities of the Future", and the approach of "Chengdu Main Venue + Online Cloud Venue", the forum invited participants to focus on the new demands for sustainable development of future cities under the new situation, discuss new models and paths for cities to achieve sustainable development in terms of economic growth, social development, resource utilization and environmental protection, share the latest ideas and best practices of sustainable development of global cities, and build a platform for communication among governments, cities and enterprises.
At the opening ceremony on November 16, Wang Fengzhao, Deputy Secretary General of the CPC Chengdu Municipal Committee and Mayor of Chengdu, delivered a welcome speech. Su Wei, Deputy Secretary General of the NDRC, and Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, made opening remarks. Shi Yulong, Director General of the CCUD, presided over the opening ceremony. After the opening ceremony, Yang Weimin, Member of Standing Committee and Deputy Director General of the Thirteenth CPPCC, and Edward Glaeser, Professor of Harvard University and a world-renowned urban economist, offered keynote speeches on "Promoting High Quality Sustainable Development for Open and Shared Cities of the Future".
The Forum also included the Presentation on Garden City & Sustainable Development. During the presentation, Xie Ruiwu,
Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Chengdu Municipal Committee and Executive Vice Mayor of Chengdu Municipality, P. R. China, shared with the guests the latest ideas and practical experience in building a Garden City demonstration area in Chengdu. Later, CCUD and the UN-Habitat launched the Third Batch of International Pilot Cities Project on Sustainable Development, and Zunyi, Guizhou Province, was elected. The project will be carried out for accurate connection and capacity building under the guidance of NDRC,
On November 17, four sessions of the forum were hosted, including Foster New Urban Growth Drivers with Innovation and Intelligent Technologies, Strengthen Cities’ Comprehensive Carrying Capacity through Coordination and Cooperation, Enhance Urban Resilience in Green and Healthy Approaches, and Improve Citizens’ Sense of Fulfilment through Sharing and Engagement. In-depth discussions and experience sharing from urban policy makers, urban managers, renowned experts and scholars, entrepreneurs and high-end media at home and abroad effectively promoted practical cooperation among all parties, and contributed wisdom to the unity and cooperation among cities to overcome difficulties, achieve mutual benefits and a win-win situation, and realize sustainable development.
During the same period, the Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance Roundtable was held under the theme of "Create A New Dual Development Pattern of Internal and External Circulations through Openness and Connectivity ".