4th Exchange Meeting of EU and Japanese Cities

17 May 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

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Welcome and Opening

  • Her Excellency Ms. Patricia Flor, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Japan
  • Mr. Yoshihiro Seguchi, Deputy Director-General, City Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Key-Note Speech

  • Mr. Terry Ward, Senior Expert, Director of Studies at Applica, “Common Challenges: ageing in cities, shrinking cities”

Progress on IUC-Japan followed by Q&A

Presentation of Action Plans by the City Pairings

Each of the five pairings joined in 2017 will report its “Action Plan – A roadmap for sustainable development challenges based on International Urban Cooperation”, focusing the planned activities to reach the shared objectives and the key learning and challenges they have had over the course of participation in IUC programme.

  • City of Frankfurt and City of Yokohama for “smart cities” | presentation (pdf)
  • City of Essen and City of Koriyama for “clean technology and renewable energy” |  presentation (pdf)
  • City of Donostia-San Sebastian and City of Hirosaki for “buildings and site regeneration” | presentation (pdf)
  • City of Ioannina and City of Ichinomiya for “sustainable mobility and transport” | presentation (pdf)
  • City of Ancona and City of Ikoma for “clean energy, social inclusion, and healthy cities” | presentation (pdf)

Comments on Action Plans

  • Comments by: Ms. Sandra Marin, IUC Local Action Plan Methodological Task Force

Joint Presentation by New Pairings followed by Q&A

Each pairing joined in 2018 will introduce progress of cooperation, focusing on shared objectives and planned activities including study tours already conducted (or to be conducted). The new pairing joined in 2019 will also make introduction of the cities.

  • City of Bratislava and City of Tokorozawa on “climate change adaptation, urban nature-based solutions, and smart eco-city development”| presentation (pdf)
  • Grenoble-Alpes Metropole and City of Toyota on “smart city development”| presentation (pdf)
  • City of Umea and City of Kamakura on “smart cities, social inclusion and the integration of SDGs” | presentation (pdf)
  • City of Marseille and City of Kobe on “sustainable economic development and port regeneration” | presentation (pdf)

Wrap-up and Conclusion

  • Summary by: Prof. Hidefumi Imura, Project Coordinator of IUC-Japan