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The Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance Roundtable Held Successfully

Source: Department of International Cooperation / Updated: 2020-11-24

On November 17, 2020, the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the Chengdu Municipal People's Government co-hosted the Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance Roundtable. Focusing on the theme of "Create a New Dual Development Pattern of Internal and External Circulations Through Openness and Connectivity", the roundtable discussed ways to further deepen openness to the outside world, strengthen inter-city facility connectivity, enhance city hubs' influence, achieve stable employment and economic prosperity, and address the impact of the epidemic on global value chains.

The Roundtable was successfully held at the same time as the 4th High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development. A total of more than 200 participants from domestic and overseas governments, provincial and municipal development and reform commissions, United Nations system agencies, embassies and consulates in China participated in the forum through online and offline means.

At the meeting, Mr. Shi Yulong, Director General of the CCUD, made a welcome speech and Mr. Wang Jinsong, Deputy Director General of the CCUD, presided over the meeting. Mr. Li Bin, First- Class Counsel (DG-level), Department of International Cooperation, National Development and Reform Commission, P.R. China, Mr. Wu Hongliang, Deputy Director General, Department of Foreign Capital and Overseas Investment, National Development and Reform Commission, P.R. China, Mr. Zou Ji, CEO & President of Energy Foundation China, and Mr. Wu Jingren, President, Research Institute of China Development Bank, delivered keynote speeches respectively, from a macro point of view, to set the future development direction for the Alliance under the framework of a new dual development pattern of internal and external circulations.

Liu Xiaoliu, Deputy Mayor, Chengdu City, P.R. China; Wang Ning, Deputy Director General, China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges, Ministry of Commerce; Margit Noll, Chair of the Management Board, JPI Urban Europe; David Aikman, Managing Director & Chief Representative Officer in Greater China, World Economic Forum; Alexandros Modiano, Former Deputy Mayor, Athens City, Greece; and Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice City of Poland shared their experiences from the perspectives of international cooperation and exchanges, trade and investment, technology transfer, capacity building, green development and knowledge sharing.

Bruno Dercon, Senior Human Settlements Officer, ROAP of UN-Habitat; Jiang Xiaopeng, International Project Official, WHO in China; Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General, UCLG Asia-Pacific Section; Kobie Brand, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI; Zou Ji, CEO & President of Energy Foundation China, and other representatives of the Alliance's sponsoring organizations provided suggestions and ideas for the Alliance's work in the coming year based on their work and fields respectively.

Based on last year's The Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance Roundtable, this year, in the face of the severe challenges brought by the corona virus pandemic, and under the guidance of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), together with the Alliance's sponsors, it focused on promoting the sharing and exchanges of experience between cities, creating conditions for Chinese and foreign cities to improve governance and promote sustainable development, and achieving diverse results based on the pandemic prevention and control practices of Chinese and foreign cities.