Urban China Initiative and the NewCities Foundation Join Forces

Geneva, Switzerland and Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 – The NewCities Foundation and the Urban China Initiative (www.urbanchinainitiative.org) announced today that they will be working together to generate a better understanding of the challenges posed by our increasingly urban world, particularly in China.

The rapid and unprecedented growth of the world’s cities is one of the defining trends of our age. By 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to have reached between 6 and 7 billion. The challenges and opportunities of this urban era deserve the full attention of decision-makers in policymaking, business, academia and civil society. Nowhere are these more important than in China, which is fast approaching its urban billion. This is why this partnership between NewCities, with its true global multi-sectoral approach and UCI, with a focus on urban China is so important.

“The cooperation between NewCities and the Urban China Initiative holds great promise to bring the best of global research and thinking to Chinese urban stakeholders, said Jonathan Woetzel, Co-Chair for the Urban China Initiative. “NewCities brings deep insights into how technology can shape urban life for the better which will be of great value to Chinese city managers, as well as providing an international venue for them to exchange perspectives with global cities and practitioners.”

NewCities Former Executive Director Mathieu Lefevre commented: “We are very pleased to welcome the Urban China Initiative as one of our members. China is perhaps the most crucial chapter in the story of the world’s urban transformation. UCI’s dynamic knowledge community and deep connections in China make it a very welcome addition to our membership. We particularly look forward to working together on our upcoming global flagship event, the NewCities Summit in May in Paris.”

The NewCities Summit, which will be held in Paris in May 2012, is the centerpiece of the NewCities work. Building on a recognized track record in organizing high-level global forums, the NewCities Summit aims to be the leading annual global forum on new urbanization. This invitation-only forum, which will take place in Paris, will bring together global thought leaders in technology, infrastructure, architecture, energy, transport, national and local government, the media, academia and the non-profit sector.

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