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Thursday, June 30 2022 - 19:58
Xinhua Silk Road: 2022 World Canal Cities Forum held in Yangzhou, east China
BEIJING, June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The 2022 World Canal Cities Forum (WCCF), which was themed around heritage 
protection and sustainable development of canal cities, was held in Yangzhou, 
the canal capital of the world located in east China's Jiangsu Province on June 

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China 
(CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs 
Commission of the CPC Central Committee, said canals are great projects created 
by humankind and the forum would inject new impetus into prosperity and 
development of canal cities globally and enhance people-to-people exchanges and 
sustainable development.

Yangzhou, a leading city in joint application for world heritage for China's 
Grand Canal and related heritage protection, was awarded as the model canal 
city for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United 
Nations on the forum.

A report of the same theme titled Yangzhou sustainable development report for 
2021 was released on the 2022 WCCF by Beate Trankmann, the United Nations 
Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative for China, in an effort to 
provide a Yangzhou-based sustainable development sample for canal cities around 
the world.

Previously in 2021, the UNDP China established together with the World Historic 
and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (WCCO) a set of sustainable 
development indicators centered upon 56 gauges derived from prospects of the 
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and available for quantifiable 
assessment to appraise sustainable development performance of canal cities.

By the end of 2020, Yangzhou had completed 92.2 percent of the sustainable 
development indicators and over a half of local indicators had reached the 
ultimate goals.

In the future, Yangzhou will cherish its honor as the model city and join hands 
with canal cities at home and abroad to jointly promote canal cultural heritage 
protection and sustainable development of canal cities, said Zhang Baojuan, 
Party chief of Yangzhou.

Co-hosted by China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Jiangsu Provincial 
People's Government, the forum also witnessed birth of the "Yangzhou 
Initiative" dedicated to enhancing world canal cities heritage protection and 
sustainable development via enhancing planning, adhering to joint construction 
and sharing, attaching importance to innovation and integration and fostering 
win-win cooperation.

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SOURCE: Xinhua Silk Road

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   Caption: Photo provided to Xinhua shows the launching ceremony of the 2022 
World Canal Cities Forum.