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Mayor of Kyoto Daisaku Kadokawa at the Kyoto International Environment Symposium.

Kyoto Declaration calls for closer partnership to promote sustainable low-carbon city development in East Asia

Gathering around 1,000 participants, including local government officers, researchers, business representatives and members of environmental organizations from China, Mongolia, Japan and Korea, the Kyoto International Environment Symposium hosted jointly by ICLEI and the Kyoto City has been successfully convened in Kyoto, Japan on 5 November 2014.

Opened by the Mayor of Kyoto Daisaku Kadokawa, Governor of Kyoto Prefecture Keiji Yamada and ICLEI East Asia Secretariat Founding Director Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, the symposium served as a regional platform for stakeholders to discuss sustainable low-carbon city development partnerships in East Asia.

The symposium was consisted of two plenary sessions and four parallel sessions, during which experts and practitioners were invited to share their best practices in the areas of industry and technology, lifestyle, education and city development. ICLEI East Asia Executive Committee Members discussed how city-to-city cooperation can drive and promote sustainable low-carbon city development in East Asia during the city development session.

At the end of the symposium, the Kyoto Declaration for Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development through Partnership in East Asia was adopted. Highlighting the common challenges such as climate change and the environmental impacts brought by urbanization faced by cities across the East Asian region, the declaration affirmed the need for closer cooperation and deeper discussion on the realization of sustainable low-carbon cities in East Asia through partnerships at the local and subnational levels.

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