On the morning of October 31, the award ceremony of the 2017 Global Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements was held at the United Nations Plaza in New York. After a one-year deliberation period, 23 cities and regions worldwide were awarded.
The 2017 Global Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award is divided into 6 categories and 23 awards, among which the “Global Green City” award is the most competitive and important. Only three cities in the world obtained the award this year: Wuyi County of Zhejiang, China; Mannheim of Germany; and Surabaya of Indonesia.
This is the first time for Wuyi to obtain an international award. The Wuyi government has been working hard for this award, and the city has undergone a long period of verifying compliance with strict regulations, done by experts and organizers of the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS). In the end, the city fulfilled all the indexes required for the award.
In early November, at the invitation of organizers of GFHS, Li Yangyong, standing member of Wuyi County Committee and executive county mayor, led a delegation to attend the award ceremony in New York.
At the ceremony, delegations from all over the world exchanged views on the governance of urban environments. They asked questions about Wuyi’s practice of promoting garbage classification and public transportation in both rural and urban areas, and also expressed interest in its hot springs, tea leaves, traditional Chinese medicine, and ancient villages.
After the ceremony, the delegation from Wuyi toured Niagara Falls and the scenic area of Hunter Mountain in New York, through which they learned valuable information on urban planning and tourism development.
There’s a traditional Chinese saying, “crystal water and verdurous hills are like silver and gold,” and this belief is fully illustrated through Wuyi’s developmental experience. In recent years, based on the concepts for urban development—innovation, coordination, environment protection, openness, and co-participation—Wuyi has forged a new path featuring environment-friendly development. With its advantageous local features, Wuyi aims to turn itself into a famed city of hot springs in China and a renowned health maintenance resort in the East. Meanwhile, the city is focusing on the construction of the hot springs town project featuring a hot springs regimen, so as to advance the integration of tourism, sport events, environment-friendly industry, and ecological agriculture.
The area follows the standards of scenic areas in the construction of each town or village, and many towns have formed their own unique features. (By Zhu Jingyi, translated by Kang Meiling, edited by Kendra Fiddler)