Sweden and China sign Memorandum of Understanding on urban development

Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on sustainable urban development with China’s Minister for Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

Building sustainable and liveable cities will be crucial in the transition to a fossil-free society worldwide. Sweden and China have agreed to share and develop knowledge on solutions and methods for sustainable construction and urban development.

Cooperation will centre on urban development and smart solutions that will help to create liveable and healthy cities. The MoU also highlights energy-efficient, green and sustainable building, including wood construction, as a special field of cooperation. A joint working group will be set up to develop work plans for implementation of the MoU.

"China's long-running urbanisation has led to major environmental problems. There is now a growing interest in developing cities in a more sustainable direction, and a number of Swedish cities are seen as pioneers in this field," says Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog.

The MoU was signed during an extensive visit to China currently under way and headed by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The Swedish delegation comprises representatives of many Swedish enterprises and several key environment-related agencies.

"If we want to succeed in building attractive, healthy and sustainable cities, different interests and perspectives need to be included in the discussions. This is why Sweden will involve a range of social actors in this new collaboration," says Ms Skog.

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