Leaders of more than 30 cities in ASEAN countries gathered at a conference in Huế City, the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế in the last two days to discuss sponsoring and implementing sustainable development projects for cities in Southeast Asia.— Photo daidoanket.vn
THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — Leaders of more than 30 cities in ASEAN countries gathered at a conference in Huế City, the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế in the last two days to discuss sponsoring and implementing sustainable development projects for cities in Southeast Asia.
The conference was organised by the International Association of French-speaking Mayors (AIMF), the European Union and Huế City.
Addressing the event, Chairman of Huế City People’s Committee Nguyễn Văn Thành said the conference aimed to share experience in mobilising financial resources for urban development projects.
He also highlighted Huế’s efforts to contribute to AIMF activities and the city’s determination to integrate into the French-speaking community as well as to protect and develop heritage values.
Three seminars were held within the framework of the conference, dealing with calling for investment, experience in responding to climate change in the region, the role of cities in strengthening regional integration, co-operation among cities in Southeast Asia and the engagement of cities in sustainable development.
AIMF Permanent Secretary Pierre Baillet said ASEAN is strongly integrating into the world economy and facing many challenges in education, population growth and climate change.
Participants at the event also shared experience in defining the role played by cities in calling for investment to sustainable urban development and climate change response.
Deputy Foreign Minister Lê Hoài Trung lauded activities of AIMF in sustainable urban development, noting that the association has created strong connectivity among member cities and Francophone organisations regionally and globally.
He also expressed hope that the association will play a bigger role in stepping up regional and inter-regional co-operation for the sustainable growth of cities in Southeast Asia. — VNS