Collaborative Exploration and Sustainable Development of Underground Space: NUA, Drivers of Change and Geosciences


Collaborative Exploration and Sustainable Development of Underground Space: NUA, Drivers of Change and Geosciences

14 Nov 2019 to 18 Nov 2019
Wuhan City
, China

1. Title of the Campus: Collaborative Exploration and Sustainable Development of Underground Space: NUA, Drivers of Change and Geosciences

2. Lead Partner Organization: Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS),

3. Other Partner Organizations:


  • IRSM-CAS – Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • SKLGME – State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Nanjing University
  • Shandong University (host of ACUUS Youth Group Asia)
  • SinoProbe Center – China Deep Exploration Center
  • Young Earth Scientists network (YES)

4. UTC Date: Thursday, November 14th to Monday, November 18th, 2019

5. Location / Venue: Hongshan hotel, No1. Zhongbei Rd, Wuchang District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, 430071

6. Language: English

7. Description of the Campus: 

From the perspective of humankind development history, the 19th century was marked by bridge building and development, and the 20th century was dominated by ground building and development. However, entering the new century, as predicted in the Tokyo Declaration in 1991 by the Associated Research Centers for Urban Underground Space (ACUUS): "The 21st century is the century of underground space development and utilization." In the past 30 years, underground engineering has been developing in a large scale, deeper stratum, complex environment and extensive field. Acquiring space, resources and security from underground is the inevitable demand and trend of development for all countries and regions in the world. High-quality development and sustainable utilization of underground space has become an international consensus. To promote this challenge, we thought that UN-Habitat was the ideal vehicle to achieve this.

Our regular presence in UN-Habitat's activities began at WUF7 in Medellin in April 2014, where we organized a networking event, titled “Equity and Equality Opportunities – Cities Think Underground”. On September 16, 2014, UN-Habitat and ACUUS signed a MOU to raise awareness of best practices of the sustainable uses of underground space for urban development, in particular for adequate urban drainage management, city planning, and sustainable mobility solutions, among decision-makers, local authorities as well as UN-Habitat staff. ACUUS was invited to organize an Urban Lab Session during the opening day of the Urban Thinkers Campus, in preparation of Habitat III, in Caserta, Italy, in October 2014. The Session was titled “Advanced Local Energy Planning and Underground Space

Utilization: suitable and feasible solution for future sustainable and resilient cities”. On October 2015, our Secretary General participated in New York, as a Member of the Working Group 1 "The City We Need (TCWN) 2.0 Drafting Committee”, to the meeting of the WUC 13th steering committee. More recently, in February 2018, we hosted another Networking Event in the AFINUA Room at the World Urban Forum 9, in Kuala Lumpur, titled “Cities need underground – Equity and equality opportunities for the New Urban Agenda”.

Our second MoU with UN-Habitat was signed on October 27 during World Cities Day Global Cities Forum 2019 in Shanghai. This Campus proposed by ACUUS will be an occasion to expose the struggles of cities and megalopolises, their advances in developing concepts of sustainability in an orderly underground space development, and to present some of the best practices through dialogue between experts, city leaders and stakeholders, and within the framework of UN-Habitat. This UTC4.0 organized in China by our ACUUS Working Group on Urban Geology and Underground Space (ACUUS-GEO), aims to strengthen the close communication among governments, academic societies, research institutes, experts, scholars, technicians and managers at different levels in the field of underground space from theory to practice.

Convened by universities and research institutions and supported by Hubei Provincial Industry and Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance for Underground Space Development (hosted at IRSM-CAS), this UTC4.0 will help to enhance the public-private awareness of NUA and to advance underground space solutions for achieving UN’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6, 9, 11, 15 and 17).

8. UTC Programme: HERE

9. List of Speakers / Moderators: HERE

10. Contact: LI Xiaozhao & Jacques Besner

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