UNDP to Support Equitable, Sustainable and Clean Urbanisation in China

25 Mar 2012

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The China International Urbanisation Forum was held on 25 March 2012 in Luodian Town, Baishan District – the location of UNDPs pilot sites testing innovative approaches to promote social inclusion for migrant workers and their families in Shanghai's rapid urbanisation process.

The forum focused on China's urbanisation process as a whole, and saw some 500 national and international government leaders and urban planners draw on best practices from around the world to discuss the future of China's cities and urban citizens. More specifically, the meeting provided an opportunity to discuss efforts to safeguard the rights and entitlements of migrants, urban development and planning and green city development. The forum was co-organised by the China Centre for Urban Development of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Development and Reform Commission of Shanghai Municipal Government, the China International Centre for Economic and Technology Exchanges (CICETE), and UNDP China.

Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Country Director was present at the forum, delivering some opening remarks, in which he highlighted the importance of successful urbanisation in China and the world. He also introduced key areas to be addressed by the 2011/12 UNDP Human Development Report, which will centre on the development of sustainable cities and liveable cities.