The Tenth Conference on Urban Development and Planning was held in Guangzhou on July 22 and 23, with the aim of providing a platform for improving and extending advanced experiences, innovative technologies and managerial approaches to tackle challenges confronting urban development.
The theme of the conference, jointly organized by the Chinese Society for Urban Studies and the Guangzhou Municipal People's Government, was "ecological wisdom along the way to green development." During the conference, 24 thematic seminars and a number of small exhibitions and conferences were held, focusing on strategic guidance, in-depth discussion of urban development and planning of themes and ideas. The objective was to discuss ideas and ecological wisdom for the enhancement of civilized urban green development initiatives, as well as to promote new urbanization construction to build good platforms for exchanges and cooperation.
Local official Ren Xuefeng said Guangzhou is catching great opportunities through “One Belt One Road” and Pilot Free Trade Zone construction, bringing together the shipping, logistics, trading and financing service industries. Urban planning should be at the center of the city’s development, he said The conference was aimed at listening to voices from worldwide metropolises and obtaining talent support from them.
More than 1,000 people attended the conference, including government officials from a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Germany, as well as experts and scholars in urban planning, transportation, environmental protection and ecology, from home and abroad.