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"Danish Week - Sustainable City Solutions" underway

Released at: 18:23, 27/11/2018

"Danish Week - Sustainable City Solutions" underway

Photo: Embassy of Denmark

Series of activities being held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on November 27 and 29.

by Le Diem

“Danish Week - Sustainable and Livable Cities”, a week-long series of urban design and development activities, was kicked off on November 27 by the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam, the Ministry of Construction, the National University of Civil Engineering, and the University of Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City.

With increasing urbanization, Vietnam is facing considerable challenges. Water, waste and transport infrastructure is being pushed to the limit and in some cases beyond the limit, which challenges health and quality of life, as does pollution and a lack of clean air. “Danish Week - Sustainable and Livable Cities” aims to gather together government officials, community planners, architects, and representatives from the private sector to exchange knowledge, experience and insights with leading Danish experts in urban design and management and make recommendations for sustainable development in Vietnam’s major cities.

The event includes seminars, master classes, as well as tours of urban development areas and architectural projects in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Two seminars with the theme of sustainable urban design and development will take place in Hanoi on November 27 and in Ho Chi Minh City on November 29. Danish experts will share their experience, lessons learned, and best practices from the process of transforming Denmark’s capital Copenhagen into what is now known as one of the most sustainable and livable cities in the world.

Students from the National University of Civil Engineering and the University of Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City will have the opportunity to attend master classes conducted by the two celebrated Danish architects - Professor Tom Nielsen from the Aarhus School of Architecture and Tina Saabye, the City Architect for Copenhagen.

According to recent figures from Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030, cities cover three per cent of the total area of the planet but are responsible for 60 per cent of energy consumption, 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and 70 per cent of waste, said Mr Bo Monsted, Counsellor at the Embassy. “Increased urbanization is predicted to trigger enormous demand for new sustainable solutions, especially in developing countries like Vietnam,” he said. “Denmark has a long history of addressing these issues and is known as one of the world leaders within green technologies. Therefore, I believe Denmark has much to offer to big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City when it comes to finding new sustainable solutions in order to make the cities more livable.”

This is the second year “Danish Week - Sustainable and Livable Cities” has been held in Vietnam.

Denmark is among the world’s leading countries in terms of green technology, and green growth is an important area in the comprehensive cooperation agreement between the Vietnamese and Danish Governments.

Within the framework of the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement signed by the two countries in 2013, the relationship is a partnership focusing on political dialogue, cultural exchange, commercial activities, and targeted ODA projects matching Denmark’s strengths within areas such as green growth, health, education, food, and agriculture, which are challenges for Vietnam.

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