UNIDO’s South-East Asia Eco-Cities Network to kick off in Japan

Vienna – A project to promote the exchange of knowledge and sharing of best practices between South-East Asian eco-cities will be launched next week with site visits in Japan. Officials from five eco-cities from across the region will visit the Japanese eco-cities of Yokohama and Kitakyushu and participate in the International Conference on the Future of Cities.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, which is also one of the co-organizers, along with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), of the International Conference on the Future of Cities, taking place in Kitakyushu.

UNIDO’s project manager, Ludovic Bernaudat, said, “Existing eco-cities represent a body of knowledge and experience that is of real value for cities around the world. There is a need to create cooperative networks for knowledge exchange between cities.”

The five cities that have been invited to participate in the week-long exchange are Pintan, China; Iskandar, Malaysia; Cebu, the Philippines; Map Ta Phut, Thailand; and Da Nang, Viet Nam.

“The long history and extensive experience of Japanese eco-cities mean they are excellent living examples that can and should be made known to other cities in South-East Asia,” added Bernaudat.

The exchange taking place in Japan is the first of a series of planned peer review visits and will contribute to the building of a network to share mutual learning and best practices. The project aims to inspire improvements in the implementation of eco-city principles and low-carbon policies in South-East Asian cities.

For more information, please contact:

Ludovic Bernaudat
UNIDO Water Management Unit

See also: Promoting green industry: UNIDO renews partnership with Japanese eco-town

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