Dialogue Themes

The overarching themes of the EU-Japan Dialogue will guide the participants’ dialogue and actions in the working meetings and follow-up. Participating cities will focus on topics that fall inside of one of the following themes:

  1.  Compact city development

Compact city development is concerned with the restructuring of cities to match the needs of an aging or declining population. Compact city development topics include restructuring public transit networks, concentrating city functions in municipal hubs, and addressing the problem of vacant housing.

  1.  Low-carbon development

Low-carbon development refers to strategies that direct the economic or structural growth of an urban area in ways that support the reduction of carbon emissions. Topics in low-carbon development topics include initiating political targets such as achieving 100% renewable energy by a specific year, sustainable public procurement, and engaging stakeholders in low-carbon development strategies.