Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Addressing the economic, social and environmental challenges created by fast-paced urbanization processes and climate change in both China and Germany (completed in 2021)

In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project from June 2016 to June 2021. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focused on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany.

The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consisted of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation was held, alternating between China and Germany


The partnership aimed to address the economic, social and environmental challenges created by a fast-paced urbanization processes and climate change in both China and Germany. The partnership was working to promote political dialogue and create platforms for cross-city institutional exchange of experiences, facilitate knowledge exchange and promote capacity building that can drive the development of joint solutions to these challenges.

Key targets of the exchange were to reduce CO2 emissions, promote a more balanced urbanization development and improve quality of life in cities in both China and Germany. The initiative also encouraged other stakeholders working in the field to join the partnership and organize activities that promote progress towards these targets.


Through  capacity  development  and  training  for  German  and  Chinese  officials, municipal actors, urban planners, developers and other relevant stakeholders,  the  Partnership  strengthened  sustainable  and  integrated  urban development in both countries.


  • Launch of sino-German mayor programme with topics such as structural change, energy transition, digitalisation, citizen engagement
  • Launch of Sino-German Urbanisation forum with subtopics:
    • Energy effciency and renewable energy in urban regions
    • Green infrastructure and sponge cities
    • Low carbon transport and mobility transition
    • Urban regeneration

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Implemented by

In Cooperation with


Martin Hofmann

Head of Cluster

Sustainable Transition – Infrastructure & Cities, Mobility, Energy, Environment & Circular Economy
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH