2017 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation: Innovation-Driven Development in New Areas


Beijing, China 

The 2017 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation aims to build on and continue the previous achievements of the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership, which was agreed in May 2012 by President Barroso and Premier Li Keqiang. In 2017 the five-year anniversary of this Partnership is commemorated. This first annual conference plays an important role in the implementation of both the Partnership and the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Horizon 2020 Co-Funding Mechanism as a means of facilitating future discussion, collaboration, and mutual learning between countries.

China is in the processes of establishing an Innovation-Driven New Area and the focus of this conference will be on this initiative. The Xiongan New Area will demonstrate how innovative-driven development, prioritising ecological protection and improving people’s well-being, can be introduced. The construction of the Xiongan New Area is of national significance and will support similar initiatives planned for the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, and the Shanghai Pudong New Area. Innovation-driven development in New Areas is an important new area of growth which would benefit greatly from international cooperation to promote the sharing of knowledge and resources to address urban, regional, and global issues such as sustainability, city-to-city connectivity, industry links, and city development. 

The conference will bring together urban planners, policy makers, industry experts, practitioners, and scholars from around the world to share their insights, experience and solutions to the Innovation-Driven Development in New Areas. Delegates will include representatives from the European Union and Chinese governments, European city mayors, distinguished urbanisation experts, and key decision makers who will discuss innovative-led recommendations for our future approach to sustainable urbanisation, EU-China joint strategies, co-funding, as well as an exchange of knowledge and facilitation of science-city-industry partnerships.