The 2nd “BRIDGE for Cities - Belt and Road Initiative: Developing Green Economies for Cities” will take place in Vienna from 26 to 28 September 2017

September 16, 2017

С 26 по 28 сентября 2017 года в Вене состоится 2-е мероприятие «BRIDGE for Cities - Инициатива один пояс один путь: развитие зеленой экономики для городов»

From 26 to 28 September 2017, UNIDO will host the 2nd “One-Belt-One-Road Inclusive and Sustainable City Exhibition and Dialogue” event in Vienna, Austria. This year’s edition of the event – “BRIDGE for Cities — Belt and Road Initiative: Developing Green Economies for Cities” (BRI event) – will focus on sector-specific urban-industrial development challenges, which will aid in the development of concrete project-based opportunities for business matchmaking, financing and investment.

The 2nd BRIDGE for Cities event agenda includes 83 panellists/keynote speakers/moderators in different sessions. With regards to participation, UNIDO has received over 400 registrations, which includes representatives from 220 organizations/institutions/companies, 113 cities and 50 countries.

Throughout the event, UNIDO will highlight cities’ dependence on industrial development for economic and infrastructural growth, as well as industry’s reliance upon resources readily available in urban areas. Project-oriented investment opportunity portfolios will also be developed to better facilitate partnerships between cities, private-sector enterprises and financial institutions.

The event will be comprised of two modules: the High-Level Policy Dialogue, which aims to facilitate constructive dialogue between policymakers and key development stakeholders and, “Urban-Industrial Solutions and Business Opportunities” sessions, providing an open platform for all stakeholders to exchange alternative, affordable and appropriate solutions for inclusive and sustainable urban-industrial development.

The 2nd BRI Event, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC), is a large-scale annual event, which aims to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda.

The 1st annual BRI event was held at UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna, Austria from 17 to 21 October 2016. Twenty-seven side events, including a high-level forum, exhibition, study tours, cultural performances and matchmaking activities, ensured the success of the 1st BRI event and provided participants with a comprehensive overview of the urban-industrial development challenges facing cities located along the Belt and Road.

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