ICCCASU3 was held successfully in Chengdu, China from July 15 to 17, 2019. The conference was staged in partnership with UN-Habitat, the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), Uniervsity of Otttawa and International Council on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization. Under the theme of “The Belt and Road” & Node: New Influence and Paradigms in City Building, ICCCASU3 examined current urban development models in African countries, Canada and China in order to identify how best to address fragility, reduce vulnerability and to promote efficiency, prosperity and smart urban development across a range of geographic, historical, political and economic contexts. The conference also explored ways in which local and global issues place limits on sustainable urban development, and identified mechanisms that could or ought to be put in place to improve the local and global governance of cities. During the two-day conference, close to 150 delegates from 23 countries engaged in discussion on the following themes: a) Development, Equality and Inclusivity, b) Urban Land Use, Sustainable Development and ‘Ecological Civilization’, c) Climate Change and Adaptation of the Built Environment, d) Smart Technologies and Urban Intelligence, e) Reforming the Informal Settlement, and f) Industrial Parks, Argo-Processing Zones and Urban Transformation.

Besides getting the opportunity to share our research and findings on the global stage, attending “The Belt and Road” & Node: New Influence and Paradigms in City Building conference in Chengdu, China, exposed me to a range of efforts towards Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization. Meeting and interacting with professionals and academics from various fields of research helped further my understanding of complex issues of global urbanization and strengthened my view for the need for cross discipline interventions and collaboration. The relationships built and information gathered during this conference has increased my desire to stay involved in efforts towards smart urban development across a range of geographic, historical, political and economic contexts.     – David Anderson

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