Songyang Consensus
05-12-2019 12:55 IST

Adopted at: The First International Forum on Urban-Rural Linkages 

Background : The pursuit and desire for a better life is universal. Global agendas such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda recommend that we must “leave no one and no place behind,”. This include by facilitating rural revitalization, allow rural and urban areas alike to simultaneously share the fruits of modern civilization, alleviate urban problems, provide a more ecological and healthy way of life, and promote sustainable development. 

When and Where : The First International Forum on Urban-Rural Linkages was held in Songyang County, Lishui City, Zhejiang Province, China from November 11 to 13th, 2019. 

Whom : The forum was co-hosted and co-organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Zhejiang Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Lishui Municipal People’s Government and the Songyang County People’s Government. The theme of the forum was “Rural Revitalization through Innovations and Valorisation”. The forum has brought together more than 200 officials, experts, and scholars from 17 countries and 18 international organizations. The forum probed topics of rural architecture, innovations in tourism, agriculture culture and heritage, rural economic development, among other topics, focusing on systems thinking and innovative practices of rural revitalization in the context of ecological conservation. It explored how to achieve urban and rural sustainable development through rural revitalization and valorisation.