Starting a city-to-city cooperation

Cities who wish to exchange with a city facing related challenges in another global region are encouraged to apply for the IUC city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development. Through the programme, local leaders and municipal technical experts will be able to connect and gain new perspectives on pressing sustainable development issues.

Representatives from each city will take part in study tours, staff exchange, trainings and seminars, and will design a local action plan to drive sustainable urban development.

By joining the IUC city-to-city cooperation, your city will:

  • COMMIT – Cooperate for at least 18 months with your international peers, allocate resources and time to develop a successful cooperation which will last beyond the lifetime of this programme
  • LEARN – Get access to new ways of approaching challenges and benefit from a wider pool of good practices to draw upon; receive support in identifying innovative business models for financing local action
  • SHARE – Help others to solve issues by sharing your own experiences and relaying knowledge
  • EXCHANGE – Open your city to dialogue and partnership with new global peers, and relevant stakeholders (public and private)
  • SHOWCASE – Profile your best practices and achievements internationally
  • IMPLEMENT – Work with new partners to make your vision of sustainable urban development a reality through developing a Local Action Plan for sustainable urban development in a sector of your choice

What are cities committing to?

Chosen cities commit to cooperating intensively with their partner city for at least 18 months and to sharing updates on their progress. Cities also agree to develop a sustainable urban development Local Action Plan on the identified knowledge sharing priority. After this period, cities commit to reporting on their progress and on concrete actions to be carried out in the future. Each city will sign a Partnership Agreement to this effect.

The Local Action Plans will follow a common methodology, in line with the EU-funded URBACT programme experience, which should be developed through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process. The Local Action Plans must include activities and economically viable pilot projects that are capable of being realised in the short term, and that encourage the involvement of research, businesses and the local community.

Participating cities will become part of a large community of peers and stakeholders engaging on sustainable urban development.
To ensure a successful exchange and roll-out of measures and actions, cities need to commit an adequate amount of time and resources to implement the work. These resources should be sufficient to the ambition of the actions planned.

Measures and actions to be implemented will contribute to achieving the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda, the Sendai framework and the Paris Agreement, enhancing quality of life in urban areas.

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