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IUC event: Local and National Partnerships Driving Sustainable Urban Development

Local and regional governments can act as a key partner to national governments as they implement the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as the New Urban Agenda and other international commitments: ...

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The CoM Japan has started to receive commitment letters


On 1 August 2018 the Covenant of Mayors Japan (hereinafter CoMJ) started to register the commitment letters by mayors. The Draft Implementation Guidelines of CoMJ had been prepared and the website renewed. A brochure to explain the commitment procedures and the follow-up actions was ...

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City of Solapur delegation visits the City of Murcia to exchange on urban issues

A delegation of five Solapur City representatives led by Mayor Shobha Srishail Banshetty and Municipal Commissioner Dr. Avinash Dhakne visited the City of Murcia (Spain) from 3–7 September 2018. The Indian delegation got to witness urban development projects in Murcia focused on smart city initiatives, potable water ...

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IUC programme announces US - EU city partnerships

Following a competitive application process, five major cities in the United States have been selected by the IUC programme to pair with European Union cities. The paired cities will work together for at least 14 months to tackle mutual sustainable urban development challenges.

The following partnerships were established, b ...

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Surat and Rotterdam cooperate to meet urban water challenges

The Municipality of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) will work together with Surat Municipal Corporation (India) on urban water management as part of their IUC programme cooperation, focusing on flood risk management, urban drainage and wastewater management.
With the aid of Rotterdam, Surat will soon apply new flood forecasting and wate ...

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Mannheim signs MoU supporting goal of Chongqing freight connection

The 9 of July saw a significant development in the IUC pairing between the City of Mannheim (Germany) and the city of Chongqing (China), with Mannheim signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chongqing-based Yuxinou Logistics Company for the creation of a direct cargo railway line between the two cities. The signing took ...

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New regions selected to take part in IUC inter-regional cooperation programme

Further regions from Latin America and the Caribbean have been selected to cooperate with regional European counterparts on mutual challenges as part of the IUC inter-regional cooperation programme. These partnerships will focus on local and regional development, increasing research and innovation opportunities, and meeti ...

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June IUC webinar to focus on smart and inclusive mobility

Achieving sustainable mobility on an urban scale is not only a question of technology and infrastructural change; it also requires a shift in mindset. By facilitating alternative modes of moving around our public spaces, such as public transport, car sharing and freight rail, as well as encouraging cycling and walking, we can make our cities ...

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International ministers and mayors discuss "Innovate4Cities - a global climate action accelerator"

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) and the City of Malmö hosted a first of its kind roundtable with mayors, researchers and business representatives on cities-focused climate science during the 3rd Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Malmö (Sweden) on 23 May 2018, ba ...

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The Global Covenant of Mayors expands its presence in Latin America

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is becoming more and more visible across Latin America. The regional website has been updated and now shows all committed cities, as well as information on the Global Covenant of Mayors for Latin America and the Caribbean (GCoM-LAC) governance structure. The GCoM-LAC has been st ...

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Setting up the Covenant of Mayors Japan

With a view to launching the Covenant of Mayors in Japan, two preparatory meetings were held in March 2018. Experts were invited from the cities which were already signatories of what was the Compact of Mayors or Japanese Covenant of Mayors, as well as from ICLEI Japan, an important local government network in Japan. From the five cities which had already sig ...

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Urban Agenda for the EU invites citizens to discuss EU policies

In 2016, the Pact of Amsterdam established the Urban Agenda for the EU (UAEU), which aims to ensure better regulation, better funding and better knowledge to achieve smart, inclusive and sustainable cities by 2020. The UAEU considers the importance of local and regional authorities’ involvement in EU policies, as formulated in the Li ...

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IUC North America takes part in SXSW festival

South by Southwest (SXSW) is the leading conference and festival in the United States devoted to the convergence of the music, film, and digital industries. EU@SXSW is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.  In March, the IUC-NA programme participated in the EU@SXSW events and SXSW City Summit events. Representative ...

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Chinese cities attend IUC start-up workshop in Beijing

Now in its second year, the IUC programme welcomed the second group of Chinese cities selected to work with European counterparts to enhance sustainable development. The five Chinese cities selected to take part in the second round of pairings are: Haikou (Hainan province), Kunming (Yunnan province), Liuzhou (Guangxi province), Yantai (Shandong ...

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Global Covenant of Mayors launches regional chapter in South Asia

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), an international coalition of city leaders committed to raising the global ambition for climate action, launched on 5 May 2018 a regional chapter for South Asia in New Delhi, India. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy - South Asia (GCoM-SA) aims to supp ...

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Indian cities ready to cooperate with Europe

Half of the 32 Indian cities approached by the European Union Ambassador to India flagged their interest in working with European local governments to share knowledge on sustainable urban development through the IUC programme. Following a review of the applications, the Indian Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, in cooperation with the European Union, ...

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Brazilian Cities join the Global Covenant of Mayors

On 19 October 2017, Salvador, the capital of Bahia (Brazil), signed the Commitment Letter of the Global Covenant of Mayors, becoming the first city in Latin America to renew its commitment to the global initiative. Mr. Antônio Carlos Magalhães Neto, Mayor of Salvador, co-signed the document with Mr. João Cravinho, the European Union Ambassador ...

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Global Covenant of Mayors launches in Chile

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in Latin America (GCoM-LAC) was launched in Chile during the third Chilean Mayors Forum on Climate Change (Foro de Alcaldes ante el Cambio Climático Chile-2017), an event attended by national and local authorities, representatives of international partners, and civil society stakeholders. Ms Stella Ze ...

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World Bank announces partnership with Global Covenant of Mayors

At the One Planet Summit in Paris, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and the World Bank Group, the world’s largest multilateral development bank, announced a new partnership to provide technical and financial assistance to 150 cities across the world undertaking climate action programmes. The World Bank’s inve ...

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Chinese and EU cities carry out mutual visits

EU and Chinese pilot cities as well as leaders from the NDRC and the EU Delegation to China attended a workshop in Beijing (China) in October 2017 to propose and discuss the methodology for city cooperation under the IUC programme framework. Following the half-day workshop, around 12 delegates from four EU pilot cities - Mannheim (Germany), Malaga (Spa ...

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IUC programme launches second round of city-to-city pairings

The call for applications for the second round of the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme’s city-to-city pairing initiative was officially launched today at the 2018 World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The initiative will see European local governments matched with international counterparts facing similar sustaina ...

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