Beijing (ots/PRNewswire) – On June 27, the World Canal Cities Forum (WCCF) 2022 was held in Yangzhou, the World Canal Capital in East China’s Jiangsu Province, focusing on the protection of cultural heritage and sustainable development of canal cities.
Yang Jiechi, member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, said canals are great projects created by mankind, and the forum will give new impetus to the prosperity and development of canal cities worldwide and promote people-to-people exchanges and sustainable development.
Yangzhou, a leading city in the joint World Heritage bid for China’s Grand Canal and related heritage protection, was honored at the forum as a model canal city for the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
At WCCF 2022, a report on the same topic entitled “Yangzhou sustainable development report for 2021″ was released by Beate Trankmann, the representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China, to provide an example of sustainable development in canal cities around the world based on Yangzhou.
Previously, in 2021, UNDP China together with the World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (WCCO) developed a set of sustainable development indicators based on 56 indicators derived from the perspectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which are available for quantifiable evaluation to assess the performance of canal cities in sustainable development.
By the end of 2020, Yangzhou had met 92.2 percent of the sustainable development indicators, and more than half of the local indicators had achieved the final targets.
In the future, Yangzhou will uphold its honor as a model city and join hands with canal cities at home and abroad to jointly promote the protection of canal cultural heritage and the sustainable development of canal cities, said Zhang Baojuan, Party chief of Yangzhou.
The forum, co-hosted by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Jiangsu provincial government, also launched the “Yangzhou Initiative,” which aims to enhance the protection of canal cities’ world heritage and sustainable development through improved planning, adherence to joint construction and sharing, emphasis on innovation and integration, and promotion of mutually beneficial cooperation.
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