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Overview of the 12th ASCC

The 12th conference aimed to expand the circle of decarbonization to Asian cities with the overall theme of urban decarbonization, and discussed how to achieve an effective decarbonized society and how to create the hopeful cities through decarbonization.

  • In collaboration with the Asian Development Bank / Asian Development Bank Institute and World Bank TDLC, the co-organizers of ASCC, 44 international cities and government agencies participated in the conference and shared their decarbonization practices.  
  • Approximately 30 sessions were held, focusing on the GX sector. Discussions were held by 50 diverse and distinguished speakers invited from Japan and abroad.
  • In collaboration with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, participants from overseas cities and other organizations held discussions on urban development and business exchanges at exhibition booths. Twenty-three Japanese and foreign companies (from the Philippines and Vietnam) made business pitches in the areas of water business, energy, and waste management.
Download the 12th ASCC Report here.

Joint Declaration on Decarbonization by the City of Yokohama and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration of Thailand

  • In the presence of 44 global cities and institutions, Mayor Yamanaka, together with the Governor of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Chadchart Sittipunt, jointly declared a strong partnership with Asian cities for decarbonization.

Download the Yokohama Declaration here.

Conference details

Pre-Conference Events – Nov.13

GX Study Tours for Overseas Cities

Groups from overseas cities will tour the Minato Mirai 21 Area, which is home to the headquarters and R&D facilities of global companies and has been designated as a Decarbonization Leading Area, as well as environmental infrastructure facilities operated by the City of Yokohama (Hokubu Wastewater Treatment Plant).


11:00-12:30 City Management for Achieving Carbon Neutrality

Cities are vital in addressing climate change and the challenge to limit global warming to 2°C. Over half the global population lives in cities, especially in Asia and the Pacific. Although cities cover just 2% of the land, they produce 75% of global carbon emissions, over 50% of which come from this region. Rapid urbanization requires energy, which exacerbates fossil fuel consumption and thus, climate change. Despite these challenges, climate threat can be an opportunity to adopt low-carbon resilient measures to generate economic benefits, employment, and health improvements. Cities need to adapt and innovate, and to implement appropriate policy reforms to achieve carbon neutrality. This session focuses on measures taken by city governments in the region towards carbon neutrality.

11:00-12:30 Presentation of Joint Statement on Urban Challenges by University Students in Yokohama and Abroad

Students will present the results of the joint statement on urban challenges by students in Yokohama and Southeast Asia as part of the IACSC (International Academic Consortium for Sustainable Cities) established by Yokohama City University.

13:00-15:30 Designing Livable and Thriving Cities

The World Bank and Asian cities will lead a discussion on urban greening, resilience, and inclusiveness to create liveable cities.

15:30-17:30 GX Business Networking Event

Companies from Japan and the Philippines will give presentations for business matching in various fields such as energy, water, and waste management.

Company List

AMCON INC.、Geosphere Environmental Technology Corporation、Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.、Mikuniya Corporation,、T.K.K. Evolution Co., Ltd.、Tripac Inc.、Netforce International, Inc.、Aqua terra integrated solutions, Inc.、Testech Group、RTI System Automation, Inc. (RSA)、Pacific Spectrum Environmental Research and Consultancy,Inc.

Day 2 – Nov.15

10:30-11:30 Joint Statement on Decarbonization in Asia

City leaders will gather and share their experiences in implementing decarbonization initiatives, allowing them to expand the reach of their efforts.

Message from Mayor of Makati city, Philippines.
11:00-12:30 Sharing Policy Best Practices Utilizing Wellbeing Indexes and Public-Private-Academic Partnership

Yokohama will share a city overview based on wellbeing indexes, introduce its metaverse project to support young people through public-private-academic partnership, and data and digitalization-based initiatives to improve residents’ wellbeing.

*This session will only be in Japanese. English interpretation will not be provided.

11:30-12:45 Carbon Neutral Lifestyles

Participants in this session will discuss strategies and challenges in promoting the transition to lifestyles centered on decarbonization and recycling, as cities face issues such as aging, natural disasters, and unemployment.

13:00-14:30 Sharing Best Practices for Decarbonization in Urban Development

Participants will share examples from the MinatoMirai 21 district, a decarbonization leading area, and other cities and discuss planning and practices to lead urban decarbonization.

13:00-15:00 Promoting the SDGs through City Networks—Starting with VLR (CityNet SDGs Cluster Seminar)

CityNet member cities, international organizations, private companies, and students will introduce their SDGs and decarbonization initiatives. Participants will also discuss the promotion of the SDGs and decarbonization through the process of VLR (Voluntary Local Review).

15:00-16:45 GX Business Networking Event

Companies from Japan and Vietnam will give presentations for business matching in various fields such as energy, water, and waste management.

*This session will only be in Japanese-Vietnamese. English interpretation will not be provided.

Company List 


The 12th ASCC details


November 14th, 2023(Tue) and 15th (Wed) : main session and thematic sessions

November 13th, 2023 (Mon): site visit tour for invited cities from overseas


Pacifico Yokohama North (1-1-2 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama)

Access Map


City of Yokohama


Hybrid (in-person and online)



The list of registered cities (New!)

The Asia Smart City Conference (hereinafter referred to as “ASCC”) is an international conference that brings together representatives from Asian cities, national governments, international organizations, academic institutions, and private companies, aiming to discuss on the realization of a sustainable city where economic growth and a favorable urban environment are compatible.

At this conference, representatives from cities will share their vision for growth as well as their current challenges and needs; private companies and academic institutions will propose innovative solutions; international organizations will offer programs to support efforts by cities and private companies; and various knowledge from around the world will be shared. Furthermore, we offer an occasion for participants to find new business opportunities.

This time, for the first time in almost four years, the meeting will be held face-to-face. More information on how to participate in the conference and details of the conference content will be updated on this webpage in the future.

Please click here to see the previous ASCC.

Y-SHIP Convention 2023

The 12th Asia Smart City Conference will be held as part of the Y-SHIP Convention 2023.

The Y-SHIP Convention 2023, is an event where diverse range of people and ideas, including domestic and international companies, come together under the themes of GX, Circular Economy, and Mobility, and where open innovation is fostered.

<Details of the Y-SHIP Convention 2023>


November 13th, 2023 (Monday) to November 15th, 2023 (Wednesday) 

※On the 13th, only the city tour for invited cities from overseas will be held.


Pacifico Yokohama North (1-1-2 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama)


City of Yokohama


Hybrid (in-person and online)



The past Asia Smart City Conference