Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Low Carbon and Resilient Cities: Training Workshop

16 December 2021
Hybrid (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and online)

As North-East Asian countries commit to carbon neutrality (Japan and the Republic of Korea by 2050, China and the Russian Federation by 2060), developing low carbon resilient cities serves as an important pathway for realizing national and local mitigation targets while assuring growth and improving the quality of life.

As part of a capacity building project developed by UNESCAP in collaboration with the Government of Mongolia, this training workshop increased the capacity of policymakers in national and local governments in Mongolia for developing low-carbon and resilient action plans at city levels through the application of various STI instruments.

The workshop took a case-study based approach to introduce good practices emerged in and beyond North-East Asia in various sectors with focus on leveraging STI to achieve low-carbon and resilient development at local level.

► Programme 

[Day 1: 09:00 - 17:00 (GMT+8)// 10:00 - 18:00 (GMT+9), 16 December 2021]

Opening and Welcoming remarks

  • Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head of UNESCAP East and North-East Asia Office
  • Ms. Ariuntuya D., Senior officer of International Cooperation Division, Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia
  • Mr. Yeruult, Director of Climate Change Research and Cooperation Centre of Mongolia (CCRCC)
  • Mr. Shu Zhu, ICLEI East Asia Regional Director 

Session 1: The role of STI in building low-carbon and resilient cities

  • Introductory presentation by Ms. Qian Cheng, Associate Environmental Affairs Officer, ESCAP 
  • Introductory presentation by Ms. Bolortuya., Head of the Nature Resource Division of Environmental Department of Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia

Session 2: Innovative tools for urban planning

Session 3: Sustainable mobility and ICT

Session 4: Clean energy solutions to sustainable living environment

Session 5: Transformation from coal to green city

[Day 2: 09:00 - 17:00 (GMT+8)// 10:00 - 18:00 (GMT+9), 17 December 2021]

Session 6: Innovative urban governance

  • Chengdu Urban Renewal, Mr. Rui DING, Chief Engineer of Urban Planning, Director General, Office of Technical Consultation and Quality Assessment, Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design, Chengdu, China

Session 7: Innovation on solid waste management

Session 8: Enhancing climate resilience in urban systems

  • Sustainable urban water management strategies in Chinese cities: the Sponge City Program in China, Mr. Faith Ka Shun Chan, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham 
  • The Sponge City Pilot programme in Guangming District, Mr. Weizhen TANG, Water Affairs Bureau of Guangming District, Shenzhen, China 

Brainstorm: Way forward

Closing session

  • Ms. Otgontsetseg L., Secretariat of the Joint Crediting Mechanism, Climate Change Research and Cooperation Centre of Mongolia (CCRCC)
  • Mr. Sangmin Nam, Deputy Head, UNESCAP East and North-East Asia Office