Asian cities are home to the majority of the world’s urban population, and they are still expanding rapidly. The population explosion in Asia makes it necessary to work holistically in different spheres at the same time: alternative energies, sustainable urban mobility, environment, quality of life… in order to ensure that the future is truly sustainable. In parallel, certain Asian cities are leading the Smart City revolution, which addresses a wide range of areas, such as intelligent mobility, energy efficiency, the fourth Industrial Revolution, Big Data, the new ecosystems of creation and growth based on the intenstive use of new technologies, among others.
Various mechanisms promoting joint work and the exchange of good practice between European and Asian cities serve to address some of the challenges that emerge from this new reality, which also affect Europe directly. With this in mind, Casa Asia has been participating in an international cooperation program for European and Asian cities since 2015. The program, known as World Cities of the European Union, is managed by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy. Since 2017, Casa Asia also forms part of the International Urban Cooperation (IUC-Asia). This program, also an initiative of the European Union, promotes urban cooperation with Asia in innovative city management and sustainable development.
In the framework of both programs, Casa Asia will host several delegations of city representatives from China, Indonesia or South Korea in November. They will participate in a variety of work sessions with local representatives of areas that have expressed interest in promoting cooperation. Likewise, this year, the Asia Innova Program, Casa Asia’s main program dedicated to technological and scientific cooperation, will be focusing on Smart Cities and will benefit from the participation of more than twenty specialists who will visit our country to explore possibilities for international cooperation between cities.