UNESCAP International Symposium on Realizing Low Carbon Cities in North-East Asia

4 December 2013. Countries in the Northeast Asian subregion have undergone a resource-intensive development path accounting for one-third of the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As cities are key consumer of resources and large GHG emitters, there is immediate need in addressing cities' critical role in sustainability. In order to share lessons learned on low carbon city (LCC) development and to exchange views on the potential of forming a subregional LCC partnership network, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is organising an international symposium entitled Realizing Low Carbon Cities in North-East Asia: Bridging Science, Policy and Promoting Cooperation. The event will take place in Beijing, China, on 5 and 6 December 2013.

The Symposium will seek views from international experts and agencies on approaches to best address LCC challenges and opportunities in the subregion, as well as to explore on the need of a subregional partnership as a platform to bring together agencies and key stakeholders. Among the sessions proposed are one on Low Carbon City Development: Tools and Methodology, one on Low Carbon City Development: Knowledge Sharing as well as one on Overview of Work on Low Carbon City in the Subregion and Lessons Learnt. The second day will consist of a Workshop on Subregional Partnership for Low Carbon City.

In recognition of the contribution of LCC development to sustainability, countries in the subregion have initiated a range of policies and developed programmes related to low carbon and green cities, including national measures in China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. In the East and North-East Asia subregion, member States are at different stages of developing LCCs, each with its unique setting and needs. Attention had been called upon on stepping up subregional cooperation to enable adoption and advancement of LCC development strategies.

For more information on the symposium and access the provisional programme, please visit: http://northeast-sro.unescap.org/meeting/2013/intl_symposium.html.