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International Conference on Building Low-Carbon Cities Held by UPSC
On May 22, 2009, the International Conference on Building Low-Carbon Cities was jointly held by the Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC) and the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HIP) in Hong Kong. More than 250 planners from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and overseas participated.

Dr. QIU Baoxing, Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, gave a speech on China’s Urbanization and the Practice in Low Carbon Eco-City Planning and Construction, indicating that it is particularly important for China to adopt a strategy of low-carbon development amid rapid urbanization. He also stressed that China needs to change the mode of development from unchecked expansion to a new pattern characterized by low carbon energy technology, low carbon economic development, and low carbon social consumption, and to promote and strongly advocate the development of public transport system in line with low carbon principles to prevent over-reliance on private cars.

During the conference, a ceremony was held for the mutual recognition of city planning licenses between Mainland China and Hong Kong. Seven Hong Kong city planners who are registered city planners in Mainland China received licenses from Dr. SHI Nan, Secretary General of UPSC; while five city planners from Mainland China who are registered city planners in Hong Kong received licenses from Mr. TAN Barong, Vice Director of HIP.

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