The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Future of Urban Development Initiative has helped identify challenges and opportunities for the further urban development of two new champion cities of China—Dalian and Zhangjiakou.
The world’s population is moving toward urban locations at an unprecedented rate. This evolution is particularly striking in China—where more than 50 percent of the population lives in cities and more than 60 percent will do so by 2018. Urban expansion to this degree presents numerous challenges that need to be addressed holistically if cities are to remain livable, productive and sustainable.
The Future of Urban Development Initiative serves as a partner in the transformation of cities worldwide as they address significant urban challenges. It aims to make innovation accessible to city leaders and businesses in a mutually beneficial setting.
This WEF report, The Future of Urban Development Initiative: Dalian and Zhangjiakou Champion City Strategy, developed in collaboration with Accenture, identifies three main urbanization themes for the two champion Chinese cities. These include:
Transport planning and management.
Urban energy management.
Sustainable industry development.
The report also discusses in detail a champion city model, identifies six key issues and proposes 19 strategic recommendations with best practices case studies to guide these cities.