Organizers and Partners

Main organizer

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. Its 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision-makers with effective policy solutions. In-depth research underpins advocacy work for international agreements, regional policy frameworks and national lawmaking and thus produces practical and tangible results.


UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges. There has been a phenomenal shift towards urbanization, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. Over 90 per cent of this growth will take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In the absence of effective urban planning, the consequences of this rapid urbanization will be dramatic. In many places around the world, the effects can already be felt: lack of proper housing and growth of slums, inadequate and out-dated infrastructure – be it roads, public transport, water, sanitation, or electricity – escalating poverty and unemployment, safety and crime problems, pollution and health issues, as well as poorly managed natural or man-made disasters and other catastrophes due to the effects of climate change. Mindsets, policies, and approaches towards urbanization need to change in order for the growth of cities and urban areas to be turned into opportunities that will leave nobody behind. UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme for human settlements, is at the helm of that change, assuming a natural leadership and catalytic role in urban matters. Mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1978 to address the issues of urban growth, it is a knowledgeable institution on urban development processes, and understands the aspirations of cities and their residents. For close to forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for villages, towns, and cities of all sizes. Because of these four decades of extensive experience, from the highest levels of policy to a range of specific technical issues, UN-Habitat has gained a unique and a universally acknowledged expertise in all things urban. This has placed UN-Habitat in the best position to provide answers and achievable solutions to the current challenges faced by our cities. UN-Habitat is capitalizing on its experience and position to work with partners in order to formulate the urban vision of tomorrow. It works to ensure that cities become inclusive and affordable drivers of economic growth and social development.


Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU, formerly known as Northern Jiaotong University) is a national key university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education and now is jointly supported by the Ministry of Education, the China Railway Corporation (formerly known as the Ministry of Railways) and Beijing Municipal Government. BJTU is one of the first universities selected into the “National 211 Project” and the “985 Strength Discipline Innovation Platform” project, one of the first institutions authorized to confer master’s and doctoral degrees. BJTU, as the leading organization, has established the Collaborative Innovation Centre for Rail Transit Safety, which is one of the first 14 collaborative centers approved by the Chinese government to enter the “National 2011 Projects”.

The Research Center for Urban Development, BJTU was founded in June 2015. It is a tangible and open platform combining the discipline advantages of the University and scientific strengths of research centers and universities. Through innovating its system and mechanism, the research center aims to push forward academic research and discipline cultivation in the field of urbanization policies, urban development and transportation strategies and smart city, thus provide government and companies with policy and strategic consultation.

There are seven departments belonging to the center, including the office, academic committee, advisory committee, department of urbanization policy research, department of transportation strategy research, department of smart city research, and secretariat of strategic alliance of China’s new districts. Among these departments, academic committee and advisory committee are mainly consisted of people from both the center and other companies, and the others are the specific business departments of the center.


CityNet is the largest association of urban stakeholders committed to sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region. Established in 1987 with the support of UNESCAP, UNDP and UN-Habitat, the Network of cities has grown to include 135 municipalities, NGOs, private companies and research centers. Through capacity building, city-to-city cooperation and tangible projects, CityNet helps its members respond to Climate Change, Disaster, the Millennium Development Goals and rising Infrastructure demands. The mission of CityNet is to connect urban actors and deliver tangible solutions for cities across the Asia Pacific Region.


China (Binhai Tianjin) International Eco-City Forum & Expo is sponsored by the National Development and Reform Commission of PRC, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of PRC, Tianjin Municipal People’s Government and China Center for International Economic Exchanges and organized by Tianjin Binhai New Area People’s Government. It is scheduled to be held in September every year in Binhai New Area since 2010 and five sessions have been successfully held so far. President Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the PRC and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Mr. Wu Bangguo, former Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, and Mr. JiaQinglin, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference have sent their congratulatory messages to express their kind concern. More than 8,000 politicians, well-known scholars and business guests from more than 100 countries and regions have gathered together in the Forum to discuss the development of low-carbon eco-cities and green vision. The exhibition area reached nearly 200,000 square meters. More than 1,300 domestic and oversea low-carbon eco-cities and well-known enterprises have participated, over 350,000 people visited and a number of business agreements and letters of intention have been signed with amount of more than RMB 15,300,000,000.

The 6th China (Binhai Tianjin) International Eco-City Forum & Expo sets “Eco-City Creates Harmonious Future” as its permanent theme, and “Eco-City and Innovation Driven”as its annual theme. As a special event of the 6th China (Binhai Tianjin) International Eco-City Forum & Expo, Future of Cities Forum can take advantage of a broader platform to discuss “Cities and Sustainable Development Goals” and facilitate international city-to-city exchange on sustainable urban development

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