The WALCC Sanya Forum, held May 18th-19th, formalized the collaboration between the Alliance and the City of Sanya, and supported the city’s ambitious goals in reducing emissions and fostering the growth of sustainable tourism. The forum addressed the Belt and Road Initiative as its main theme and included a number of sub-forums, among which is an international forum for city mayors, discussing Private-Public-People partnerships in the light of innovation and financing. The forum disseminated knowledge and experience from successful cases of public-private partnerships from leading cities in climate and sustainability innovation.

The forum in Sanya also featured the presentation of the Alliance’s inaugural annual award dedicated to recognizing great achievements in advancing low-carbon and sustainable progress as well as for engagement in the Alliance and in active support of Alliance’s growth as a platform for international collaboration. This award was presented to both individuals and city organizations, with influential thought leaders being recognized with the Most Influential Persons Award, and cities making significant strides to realizing low-carbon targets recognized with the Sustainable Development Low-Carbon Development Award.

We are pleased to invite you to join us for two active days of discussion and presentations on the state of the low-carbon economy, sustainable technology development and research, as well as keen insights on the national Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. This forum will explore the opportunities for work and cooperation between Europe and China as offered by the Belt and Road Initiative’s wide reaching goals to strengthen exchanges across the different cultures spanning the continent spanning breadth of the Silk Road.

The forum is organized in collaboration with our partners at the Shenzhen Graduate School of Government at Tsinghua University, Social Capital Cooperation Research Center; the Tsinghua-Berkley TBSI Low-carbon Economy and Financial Risk Analysis Laboratory; the People’s government of Sanya; the China-Britain Business Council; and the Shenzhen Emissions Exchange (CERX). The forum will be held in Sanya, Hainan from the 18th to the 19th of May.

The main theme for this year’s forum addresses the Belt & Road Initiative, the focus of a recent series of reports published by the CBBC, and will include perspectives from leading experts on its development and the potential for low-carbon opportunities. This discussion will include representatives from government and public sector bodies, China’s National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) and the Hainan Public Diplomatic Fund; educational institutions, the University of Edinburgh; and private sector businesses, BP, Fortum, KONE, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Atkins, HSBC, etc. 

Alongside the forum’s main themed sessions, the organizers are pleased to announce a dedicated forum to explore financing and Public-Private partnerships in innovation. This forum will include the participation of city mayors who will offer perspectives on city-level development from local government, featuring the experiences those enacting the policies and activities that are crucial to realizing the national carbon-reduction goals set by world governments. The mayor’s will be joined by representatives from China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Asian Development Bank, as well as leading Chinese businesses. 

The forum will also feature the inaugural presentation of the Alliance’s annual award recognizing leaders in the field of low-carbon development, noting exemplary contributions in society’s progress in achieving low-carbon goals and individuals who have been engaged in activities directly supported the Alliance’s growth as a platform for international collaboration.

The Alliance is pleased to invite you to join us in Sanya, for information on attending the Forum please do not hesitate to contact our office in Shenzhen (Li Yahui at first.last (at)

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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.