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IUC webinar to provide inspiration on making cities more circular

  The IUC programme will hold the fifth webinar of its ongoing sustainable urban development series on 14th May from 09:30 to 11:00 CEST, titled “From a linear to a circular city - how to get started?”. Registration for the webinar is now open. Focusing on improving waste management and shifting to a circular economy, this ...

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Hilde Hardeman & Lotte Knudsen reflect on the value of the IUC programme

  New York and Barcelona, Sevilla and Vitória, Frankfurt and Yokohama – these pairs of cities are just three examples out of more than 130 working together under the European Union’s International Urban Cooperation programme. As cities across the globe face rising challenges of migration, social inclusion, quality o ...

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Companies, researchers and others invited to contribute to IUC solutions database

  A new database has been launched by the IUC programme to highlight companies, research institutes and other organisations that provide solutions in the field of sustainable urban development. The aim of this database is to make it easier for cities to find useful partners to work with when realising sustainab ...

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Argentine municipalities show their commitment by joining GCoM


Seven Argentine municipalities have joined the Global Covenant of Mayors, displaying their commitment to tackling climate change. The municipalities are: Bell Ville, Caseros, Godoy Cruz, Guaymallén, Monte Buey, Villa General Belgrano and Venado Tuerto. These municipalities will implement a range of energy efficiency measures in ...

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Rotterdam delegation shares approach to water management during Surat visit


Within the framework of the IUC programme and in cooperation with the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, a delegation of five Rotterdam City representatives led by Mr. Arnoud Molenaar, Chief Resilience Officer, and Mr. Henk Ketelaars from the Rotterdam drinking water company Evides, visited the City of Surat (India) fro ...

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Global Covenant of Mayors signing ceremony held in Merida


The start of 2019 saw a Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) Signing Ceremony take place at the Government Palace of the State of Yucatan in Merida (Mexico). As part of the ceremony, 10 Yucatan municipalities were added to the 36 cities that were already part of the Global Covenant of Mayors in Mexico. Around 80 mayors from cities that hav ...

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Delegation from Larissa visits Miraflores to discuss district improvements


A delegation from Larissa (Greece) headed by Vice Mayor Mr. Georgios Soultis traveled to Lima (Peru) earlier this year to meet representatives of the municipality of Miraflores as part of their IUC cooperation. The one week visit gave Miraflores the opportunity to show the delegation their work in a range of sustainabl ...

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Turning wastewater into a valuable resource focus of upcoming IUC webinar


The IUC programme will hold the fourth webinar of its ongoing sustainable urban development series on 10 April from 10:00 to 11:30 CEST. Focusing on choosing locally-appropriate solutions for wastewater management, this edition will feature speakers from the cities of Hamburg (Germany), Aarhus (Denmark), and Nagpur (Ind ...

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IUC webinar to focus on using nature as part of urban flood management


The upcoming IUC webinar 'Integrating Nature-Based Flood Management Into Urban Planning’ is set to take place on Wednesday 27 March 2019 from 16:00 – 17:30 CET. Registration is free of charge and open to all interested parties across the globe. Water is and has been crucial in designing urban spaces and informing urba ...

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IUC programme to hold webinar on international financial sources and institutions


An upcoming International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme webinar will provide local governments with the information needed to successfully access financing for sustainable urban development activities. Taking place on 12 March 2019 from 15.00 – 16.30 CET, the webinar is open to all interested parties from ...

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IUC programme invites EU cities to take part in international pairing


EU cities who wish to exchange with a city facing similar sustainable urban development challenges in another global region are encouraged to apply to take part in the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme.  To date, over 60 pairings have been established between local governments in ...

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Latin American municipalities participate in Global Covenant of Mayors training workshops

  The International Urban Cooperation Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean (IUC-LAC) organised two workshops this summer for National Coordinators of the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM), covering methodologies, action plans, nationally determined contributions and emblematic cities. The training ...

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Belfast delegation visits Colombia on anniversary of Northern Ireland peace agreement

  Twenty years after the signing of the peace agreement in Northern Ireland, a delegation from the country’s capital, Belfast, visited Colombia to work with the cities of Medellín and Cali on post-conflict management and the reduction of urban violence. The Northern Ireland delegation visited Cali from No ...

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GCoM promoted at Smart City Expo LATAM Congress


The IUC North America office selected the Smart City Expo LATAM Congress, which took place in Puebla (Mexico) from 11 – 13 September, as a venue to strongly promote the Global Covenant of Mayors. Mayors from Mexican and Latin American cities formalised their commitment to the initiative, demonstrating their ambition in the areas of mitigation ...

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Nagpur and Karlsruhe agree to cooperate on sustainable urban mobility challenges

  Within the framework of the European Union - International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme, a delegation of five Karlsruhe City representatives led by the Head of the Economic Development Department, Mr. Ralf Eichhorn and the Head of Urban Planning Office, Ms. Anke Karmann Woessner, visited the City of Nagpur ...

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Panaji and Dubrovnik have a chance to explore their similarities and cooperate under the IUC Programme

  Within the framework of the European Union, International Urban Cooperation programme, a delegation of five Dubrovnik City representatives led by the honourable president of city council, Mr. Marko Potrebica, has visited the City of Panaji between 13-16th of November 2018. The Croatian del ...

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Vijayawada visits Hamburg to view urban development success stories


As part of the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme, a delegation of six Vijayawada City representatives, led by the Honourable Mayor Mr. Koneru Sreedhar and the Honourable Municipal Commissioner Mr. Nivas Janardhanan, visited the City of Hamburg from 3 - 7 December 2018. The Indian delegation witnessed best practi ...

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Kamakura and Umeå find common ground for dialogue with citizens


On October 21, 2018, three city planners from Kamakura City arrived at Umeå airport in the north of Sweden. Kamakura and Umeå have been selected to form a city-to-city partnership within the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme promoted by the EU. Ms. Kaori Aoki, Mr. Koji Iizumi and Ms. Naomi Kato came to Umeå fo ...

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Kochi and Vilnius boost cooperation on urban issues through city visit


Within the framework of the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme, a delegation of five Kochi City representatives, led by the honourable Deputy Mayor Mr. T.J. Vinod, visited the City of Vilnius from 5 - 9 November, 2018. The Indian delegation learned best practices from urban development projects in the Lithuani ...

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EU and Japanese cities hold third exchange meeting to discuss progress


The 3rd IUC Exchange Meeting of EU and Japanese cities took place on 11 October in Brussels (Belgium), following the 2nd IUC City-to-City event. It was the third opportunity for the five pairings established in 2017 to meet and discuss their progress to date. During the meeting, the results of the five EU cities’ study t ...

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Frankfurt and Yokohama discuss path to carbon neutrality during study tour

A delegation from the City of Yokohama (Japan) engaged in an exchange of views on climate change initiatives and smart cities during a visit to the City of Frankfurt am Main (Germany) from 20 – 22 August, 2018 as part of the IUC programme. The visit saw delegates tour Frankfurt to learn more about urban development, inc ...

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Cargo railway between Mannheim and Chongqing commences operation


On the morning of 25th October 2018, the direct connection for freight trains from Mannheim (Germany) to Chongqing in China was officially put into operation. This is one of the key pilot projects of the Mannheim – Chongqing cooperation within the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) project. Establishing a direct cargo rail ...

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European and global cities chart path to sustainable urban development at IUC event


Over 250 representatives of local and regional governments from across the world gathered on 10 October 2018 in Brussels (Belgium) at the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme’s second annual City-to-City event. The one day conference saw delegates discuss ongoing sustainable urban development pilo ...

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Gwalior delegation visit local start-ups in Leuven

The IUC programme has boosted cooperation between the City of Gwalior (India) and the City of Leuven (Brussels) on urban issues. A delegation of four Gwalior City representatives led by the deputy mayor Mr. Rakesh Mahor, visited the City of Leuven from 27 to 31 August, 2018, where they were welcomed by the mayor and the deputy mayor of the Belgian ...

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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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CoM Japan sees interest from Japanese cities rise


Since August 2018, the Covenant of Mayors Japan has been registering commitment letters by mayors, with 15 cities registered to date. The Draft Implementation Guidelines for the Covenant of Mayors Japan have been prepared and the website renewed. A brochure to explain the commitment procedures and the follow-up actions was distributed to 47 p ...

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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, based on shared characteri ...

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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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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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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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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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