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IUC programme invites European cities to partner with the world
作者:管理员    发布于:2018-02-14 12:43:15   

Cities from across Europe are invited to take part in the second round of the International Urban Cooperation programme’s city-to-city pairing initiative funded by the EU’s Partnership Instrument, which will see European local governments work with cities from around the world to enhance sustainable development.

The call for applications was officially launched today at the 2018 World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). European local governments can apply online to join the pairings until 9 March 2018. Counterparts from Asia and the Americas are also welcomed to participate. The announcement was made during the networking event of the European Commission (DG REGIO) held within the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

"With this announcement, no fewer than 25 new city-to-city partnerships for sustainable urban development will be created. In this way, the European Union is making a decisive contribution to the roll-out of the United Nations' New Urban Agenda across the world, keeping the promise we made at the Habitat 3 meeting just over 15 months ago," said Ronald Hall, Principal Adviser on International Relations at the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission.

Following a highly successful first round, around 30 European cities will be matched with international counterparts facing similar sustainability challenges. Cities from China, Chile, India, Japan, Peru and the United States of America will be eligible to take part.

The first round saw 35 pairings established, including Mannheim (Germany) and Chongqing (China); Bologna (Italy) and Austin (USA); Manchester (United Kingdom) and Montreal (Canada); and Almada (Portugal) and Belo Horizonte (Brazil).

Cities will be matched based on shared topical interest: for example, cities may wish to reduce urban poverty, raise gender equality, tackle the challenges of migration, or have a desire to switch to renewable forms of energy. Each local government will learn from one another’s approaches, and will jointly develop a Local Action Plan, which sets out measures to be pursued during their 18 month cooperation period.

The Local Action Plans will follow a common methodology, inspired by the EU-funded URBACT programme experience. Its development will involve a wide-range of departments within each city, as well as other stakeholders, such as academia, businesses, other levels of government and the local community.

It is a requirement that the Local Action Plans include pilot projects that are capable of being realised in the short to medium term, with the intended consequence of opening up new market opportunities. Measures and actions should also contribute to achieving the objectives of the UN’s New Urban Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Urban Agenda for the European Union, the Sendai Framework and the Paris Agreement, enhancing quality of life in urban areas.

The IUC programme is funded by the EU's Partnership Instrument.

For more information, visit www.iuc-asia.eu

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