What is the IUC?

Funded by the European Union, the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme activities will support the achievement of bilateral policy objectives as well as major international agreements on urban development and climate change, such as the Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement.

The IUC programme will engage with major international financial institutions and partners to link city decision-makers with potential funders. EU business will be an important partner for activities under the components on sustainable urban development and innovation cooperation for local and regional development. Target countries include China, India, Japan, Canada, Mexico, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. For component 2, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are included in the programme.

More information on each of the components that make up the IUC programme are available below:

I. City-to-city cooperation on sustainable urban development

Building further on the model and success of the World Cities project and drawing on the solid approach of the EU-funded URBACT network, city pairs will be supported in their efforts to design, implement and manage sustainable urban practices in an integrated and participative way. Local action plans will be developed through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process and include specific activities and economically viable pilot projects to be implemented in the short term in order to ensure results and open up market opportunities. These plans will help drive thematic clustering of knowledge, exchange and best practices among cities facing similar challenges.

II. Sub-national action under the Global Covenant of Mayors initiative

Cities and other sub-national authorities will be encouraged to join a regional/national covenant of mayors initiative which forms part of a global initiative to tackle climate change challenges focused on mitigation, adaptation and universal access to energy, in line with the principles underpinning the EU Covenant of Mayors. Support in the form of technical expertise and cooperation will be provided on methodologies and governance with a view to catalyse cities to act on their climate commitments.  A powerful knowledge-sharing element will spur inter-city cooperation, learning and innovation.

III. Inter-regional cooperation on innovation for local and regional development

Support will focus on ways to improve and internationalise regional innovation and cooperation in and between the EU on one hand and Latin America and the Caribbean on the other. The programme will stimulate the development or strengthening of regional strategies involving SMEs in the innovation sector, and it will promote international value chains.  It will collect and share experience, good practice and lessons learnt to enable knowledge management and development.

 

 

Further information will be available soon. For the latest updates, follow the IUC programme on Twitter.