As the World Cities Day draws to the end, topics related to climate change such as urban disaster prevention and rescue and sponge city development have become a focus of all sectors. On November 1, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands and the World Resources Institute (WRI) co-hosted the High-end Seminar on Sustainable Urban Water Management under Climate Adaptation in Beijing, aiming to exchange practical experience, strategies and policies on sustainable urban water management in response to climate risks.
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As China is experiencing an unprecedented pace of urbanization, traffic congestions, air pollution and other associated problems have caused threat to cities' livability. In order to reduce carbon emissions and promote urban development, the Ministry of Transport launched the Transit Metropolis Demonstration Project in 2012, under which comprehensive measures would be taken in several batches of pilot cities to enhance public transit service quality and encourage the use of public transit.
In 2019, the world political and economic situation is still unclear. Protectionism continues to rise, the result of the trade war is uncertain, and the overall economic growth of the world is slowing down. This year will also be of great significance to China. Not only is this year the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, but also the sprint year for the successful completion of a well-off society.
Central Asia is an important region for "Belt and Road" Initiative. In 2013, President Xi Jinping put forward a major initiative to build a "Silk Road Economic Belt" in Kazakhstan. Central Asian countries warmly responded and actively participated in this initiative, opening a new model of mutually beneficial and win-win international cooperation. Central Asia is experiencing rapid population and economic growth, accompanied by the influx of public and private investment.