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Online seminar held on development of livable

cities post-COVID-19

  Highlighting on building livable cities in a post-pandemic world, the Online Seminar on Belt and Road Sustainable Cities was held jointly by China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the UN-Habitat, Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. The seminar attracted more than 200 participants from Chinese provincial and municipal development and reform commissions, UN agencies in China, and foreign embassies and consulates.

  “The current crisis throws some light on the importance of international cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative in responding to global crisis and achieving long-term development,” said Li Bin, Counsel of International Cooperation Department of National Development and Reform Commission in the opening remarks.

  The seminar focused on three topics, namely “Create Sustainable and Livable Environment”, “Build Beautiful and Livable Garden Cities” and “Nurture Healthy and Livable Cities”. City representatives introduced the new challenges and strategies of city development amid the coronavirus pandemic, including those from Chengdu Municipal Government, Wuhan Municipal Government, Vienna Provincial Parliament, Athens government, Senate of Hamburg and Glasgow City Council. Representatives from the UN-Habitat, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Health Organization also shared their insights.

  The seminar produced various deliverables. Xie Ruiwu, Executive Vice Mayor of Chengdu, announced The Chengdu Initiative on Livable Cities Group for the Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance, in a bid to advance the BRI Sustainable Cities Alliance. CCUD and City Alliance launched Secondary Urban Connectivity (Chinese Version), a report introducing new ideas and approaches for cities to identify and improve development weaknesses. Besides, participants were invited to fill in a questionnaire on cities’ development priorities and main challenges post-COVID-19.