April 10, 2015, Beijing——Jointly organized by the Urban China Initiative (UCI), the Urbanisation and Urban-rural Planning Research Center of Jiangsu (UUPC) and the New Cities Foundation (NCF), the “Green Urbanisation: Innovation and Practice” conference was held on April 10 in Nanjing. Urban experts and industry leaders from around the world gathered to share their insights and to promote cross-sector collaborations on green urbanization.
Jonathan Woetzel, Co-Chair of Urban China Initiative, Director of McKinsey & Company and Director of McKinsey Global Institute, and John Rossant, Chairman of the New Cities Foundation, delivered speeches at the conference. Mr. Woetzel talked about UCI’s Urban Sustainability Index that reflects a comprehensive status of the cities’ development in China. He also pointed out that the relationship among economic development, resource & environment, and social well-being must be re-adjusted in China.
ZHANG Lei, Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province, pointed out that green, low-carbon urbanization has become a trend in city development around the world and it should be the future direction in China too. He also said that Jiangsu would step up efforts in promoting green, low-carbon urbanization and learn from international cases.
QIU Baoxing, Counselor of the State Council of China and Former Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, argued that healthy urbanization must adhere to 5 principles, i.e. a coordinated development of cities of all sizes and small towns, a harmonious development of urban and rural areas, a compact urban special layout, the prevention of ghost towns, and the preservation of cultural and natural heritage.
“A healthy and harmonious urbanization is the result of market factors and government planning. Violations of the 5 principles will lead to severe consequences. Urbanization planning should be people-centered to meet the demands of living space and resources of the next generation,” said QIU.
ZHOU Lan, Director of the Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Jiangsu Province, talked about the green urbanization practices in Jiangsu. She pointed out that Jiangsu had made great achievements in promoting green urbanization through the construction of energy-efficient buildings, smart city development, cost-effective urban-rural development, etc.
The conference brought together urban experts from the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), Cisco, Citibank, Ericsson, Mori Memorial Foundation, NBBJ, Suez Environnement, Schneider Electric, frog design, Nanjing University, Southeast University, CITIC Real Estate, etc.
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