The International Symposium is jointly organized by UNESCAP East and North-East Asia Office and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to review and discuss key issues on low carbon city (LCC) development in the subregion, and to exchange views on the potential of forming a subregional LCC partnership network.
Countries in the Northeast Asian subregion have undergone a similar resource-intensive development path accounting for one-third of the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Furthermore, the average share of urban population is expected to be almost 70% in the subregion by 2020. As cities are key consumer of resources and contributing disproportionately to GHG emissions, there is immediate need in addressing cities' critical role in sustainability by adopting a low carbon city approach.
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.
The Symposium will seek views from distinguished experts and international agencies on approaches to best address these 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.