Clean Air Asia’s innovative new city-partnering program was presented to participants at the 7th High Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (HLS-ESC) held from March 2-4 in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

Presentation of the City-to-City Cooperation Program

“The City-to-City Cooperation (C3) Program is a voluntary city-partnering initiative recently established by Clean Air Asia through its Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) initiative,” said CCAP Program Manager Chee Anne Roño at the Better City-to-City Cooperation session of the HLS-ESC. “It seeks to promote city-level actions, knowledge-sharing and collaboration through the exchange of innovative solutions to reduce air pollution.”

The C3 Program involves the partnering of mentor and learning cities to help address air-quality management challenges.

“We believe that cities, regardless of their current air-quality management capacity, have something to share and to learn. It’s mutually beneficial for both learning and mentor cities,” Ms Roño said.

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Since its launch in August 2015, the C3 Program has brought together five sets of partner cities working on various aspects of air-quality management: Pasig and Taipei, China, on a comprehensive public bike-sharing system; Haiphong and Kitakyushu on an emissions inventory of air pollution sources in industrial zones and ports; Bangkok and San Diego on an emissions inventory of air pollution sources; Taichung and San Jose; and Philadelphia and Kaohsiung.

The cities involved in the program are guided by a clearly defined, expert-reviewed action list that includes reducing emissions from commercial cooking and grilling, public bike-sharing, reducing emissions from port operations, developing an emissions inventory, and low emissions urban development.

“Action lists are the substantive core of the C3 program,” Ms Roño said.

The 7th HLS-ESC (http://hls-esc.org) brought together leading change-makers to share their knowledge and experiences, highlight innovations, and discuss ways forward in reinvigorating the 2030 Agenda on Environmentally Sustainable Cities cooperation to help East Asian cities transform into greener, cleaner, climate-friendly and resilient living spaces. Participants included representatives from national and local governments, bilateral and international development agencies, city networks, NGOs, private companies, academia and community groups.

Joining Clean Air Asia on the panel for the Better City-to-City Cooperation session facilitated by the National Institute for Environmental Studies were representatives from Ho Chi Minh, Kitakyushu and Osaka cities and three partner organizations, the Cities Development Initiative for Asia, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific.