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COP21 Side Event on Co-design for Urbanization by Chinese National Committee

The Chinese National Committee for Future Earth (CNC-FE) side event was entitled “Climate Change and Resilience: Co-design for Urbanization in China” and was held on 1 December 2015 in Paris during COP21. The session iterated China's active response to climate change and coordinated efforts in building more resilient and greener cities so as to achieve ecological civilization. CNC-FE Vice-Chair Prof. Guoxiong Wu from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP/CAS) presided over the event which was attended by around 80 accredited participants of COP21.

In his opening remarks, Prof. Wu presented the outcome statement of the international symposium on co-design for urbanization in China and Asia-Pacific region held in Xiamen in November.

Five invited speakers from different disciplinarians gave keynote talks centering on low carbon development and urbanization and disaster mitigation:

Participants of the side event. Photo: ZHAO Bo

  • Prof. Wu concluded that China’s experiences of co-designing the Chinese framework of Future Earth and promoting transition to a sustainable development could be useful to other countries and regions facing similar problems. He further called on more close cooperation among Asian and Pacific regions.CNC-FE vice chair Prof. Xiangwan Du from Chinese Academy of Engineering, gave a talk on China's energy transition to low carbon development.
  • Dr. Mou Wang from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences analyzed different challenges and opportunities amidst China’s fast urbanization.
  • Prof Rongping Mu from the Institute of Policy and Management of Chinese Academy of Sciences emphasized the need to establish an innovative high quality, low cost and wide coverage public service system in the context of urbanization.
  • Dr. Lei Huang from the National Climate Center of China Meteorological Administration introduced China’s practices in addressing Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management.
  • Prof. Qian Ye analyzed the relationship between sustainable development in a temporal and resilience in a spatial dimension.