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China Observance of World Cities Day 2018 Held
Oct. 31, 2018 was the fifth World Cities Day. The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, and UN Habitat jointly held the observance activity on World Cities Day 2018 in Xuzhou. Ni Hong, Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Fei Gaoyun, Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province, and Christine Musisi, the special representative of Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Chief of UN Habitat, attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches.

Ni Hong stressed the theme of the World Cities Day for this year, which is “Building sustainable and resilient cities,” and pointed out that amid global urbanization, many cities face problems such as population explosion, housing deficiency, air pollution, and traffic congestion, all of which restrict the sustainable development. Improving the urban human settlements and facilitating green development have become a common goal for all countries in the world. China has attached great importance to the ecological construction and green development of cities, insisted on priority to construction of ecological and livable cities, and put great efforts into promoting the quality of human settlements. In her video address, Ms Sharif, Executive Chief of UN Habitat, thanks the Chinese government for their efforts to establish the World Cities Day and powerful support to related work. She spoke highly of the achievements accomplished by China in boosting sustainable urban development in the last 40 years, and called on all nations to share experiences on the platform of World Cities Day so as to construct more resilient and sustainable cities.

The China home activities on World Cities Day include seminars, exhibitions, urban cultural interactions, and other related activities. Officials, mayors, experts, and scholars from over 10 countries including China, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, from various regions and international organizations attended the activities. And Xuzhou released the Xuzhou Initiative on Urban Green Development to global cities.

Prof. Mao Qizhi, from the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University, and Associate Chief Editor of China City Planning Review (CCPR) delivered a keynote speech on the green development of Chinese cities, centering at the theme of “Building sustainable and resilient cities.” Mr. Shi Nan, Secretary-General of Urban Planning Society of China and Associate Chief Editor of CCPR hosted the “Expert Dialogue” on the theme of “resilient city and sustainable development.” And Prof. Liu Jian, School of Architecture of Tsinghua University and Managing Chief Editor of CCPR hosted the Mayors Dialogue of World Cities Day 2018 on the theme of “Building sustainable and resilient cities.”

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