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The end of the beginning – leaders gather for IURC final event

Anthony ColcloughOct 25, 202331 min read

“World peace,” “progress,” “unity” and “working together.” These may seem like lofty notions, even naïve ambitions these days. However, at the final event of the European Commission’s International Urban and…

IURC at the Cities Forum 2023 in Turin

Arianna AmericoMar 23, 20234 min read

Cities around the world share common challenges related to sustainable urban development but on different scales, under different social, cultural, or economic realities. During the Cities Forum in Turin, IURC…

Cooperation hits new levels at IURC Annual Event

Anthony ColcloughNov 28, 20229 min read

“This programme brings together cities, regions and people from around the world, ensuring that no one is left behind,” declared Normunds Popens Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate…

Shaping the Future of Sustainable and Resilient Cities Through International Cooperation

IURC North AmericaJan 17, 20243 min read

Climate change and environmental deterioration have become central to cities’ urban development plans. As a result, the European Union’s IURC program facilitates the exchange of challenges and solutions internationally to accelerate the reduction…

Maia and Penang Launch Do-It-Yourself Video Series

Pablo GandaraDec 27, 20232 min read

The IURC pilot cities of Maia (Portugal) and Seberang Perai (Penang, Malaysia) have produced and launched a series of eight “do-it-yourself” videos for stimulating community engagement in upcycling initiatives. The…

Tactical Urbanism – Fresh-up and Interactive Module

Pablo GandaraDec 18, 20232 min read

Over the past decade, participatory (tactical) urbanism (also urban prototyping) has been implemented in many cities around the globe. Pedestrian plazas, pop-up bike lanes, pop-up parks innovative playgrounds are just…

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Maia and Penang Launch Do-It-Yourself Video Series

Pablo GandaraDec 27, 20232 min read

The IURC pilot cities of Maia (Portugal) and Seberang Perai (Penang, Malaysia) have produced and launched a series of eight “do-it-yourself” videos for stimulating community engagement in upcycling initiatives. The…

Tactical Urbanism – Fresh-up and Interactive Module

Pablo GandaraDec 18, 20232 min read

Over the past decade, participatory (tactical) urbanism (also urban prototyping) has been implemented in many cities around the globe. Pedestrian plazas, pop-up bike lanes, pop-up parks innovative playgrounds are just…

Bangkok launches first food policy in cooperation with Milan and the European Union

Siriwat PokrajenDec 12, 20237 min read

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has reached a significant milestone with the introduction of the Bangkok Food Policy 2023-2027, aimed at enhancing the sustainability and inclusivity of the city’s food…

Thematic Webinar Series – Closing Modules

Kanyarat AksornDec 8, 20236 min read

Thematic Webinar Series – Closing Modules Monday 11 December – 22 December 2023 08:00 am Brussels time (CET) Venue: Online (Zoom link will be sent after registration) The IURC Asia and…

City resilience at the forefront of EU-India city partnerships

Pablo GandaraNov 27, 20234 min read

The International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Programme was formally launched in India in February 2022 and worked with 14 Indian cities and 9 European cities, through 9 city pairings…

Kochi-Messina collaboration leads to pilot flood management warning system in the city of Kochi

Siriwat PokrajenNov 23, 20234 min read

As part of the IURC Programme, five water level sensors were installed in Kochi, India from November 13-16, 2023, in cooperation with Kochi Municipal Corporation, Centre for Heritage, Environment and…

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Sisak Moslavina County and Zhongxian (Chongqing) Partnership in the Gaming Industry

Keru FENGJan 31, 20242 min read

The cooperation meeting on the partnership in the Gaming Industry and Jobs & Skills between Sisak Moslavina County (SMC) and Zhongxian (Chongqing) was held on 10th Jan. 2024. This is…

Alentejo Region and Dalian Met for Cooperation in Blue Economy and Green Port Initiatives

Keru FENGNov 29, 20232 min read

On November 22, representatives from the Alentejo Region and Dalian met to discuss the potential cooperation on the Blue Economy, focusing on the Green Port and low-carbon logistics for Blue…

Synergies and Partnership for Sustainable Development: EU-China Urban and Regional Cooperation

Keru FENGNov 27, 20234 min read

IURC- China facilitated both EU and Chinese cities and regions for their commitment to sustainable goals like Agenda 2030 (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda. It enhanced cities and regions´…

Stuttgart Region’s Study Visit to Taicang: Enhancing Partnership in Low-Carbon Urban Development and Transit-Oriented Development

Keru FENGNov 14, 20233 min read

On November 2, 2023, Taicang City (Suzhou, China) and the Stuttgart Region in Germany signed the MoU for cooperation. This marked a significant step in the partnership between the two…

Chinese Delegation Visited Brussels and Ljubljana Region

Keru FENGNov 14, 20233 min read

From Oct. 22 to 29, A high-level delegation from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and cities of Zhengzhou, Hangzhou, Liuzhou, Chongqing, Taicang and Guangzhou, visited Brussels and Ljubljana…

Bari, Bielsko-Biała, Sofia, Bacau County, Ljubljana Urban Region, Sisak Moslavina County and South Bohemia Visit Chongqing and Guangzhou

Keru FENGNov 14, 20232 min read

As a step forward to enhance EU-China urban and regional policy cooperation, a delegation Bari(Italy), Bielsko-Biała(Poland), Sofia(Bulgaria), Bacau County (Romania), Ljubljana Urban Region (Slovenia), Sisak Moslavina County (Croatia) and South…

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International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LA) Programme Concludes Webinar Series with Insights on Sustainable Urban Development

Ramon ZamoraDec 11, 20233 min read

The IURC-LA Programme is delighted to announce the successful conclusion of its webinar series with the event, “IURC Latin America: Final Lessons from the City-to-City Cooperation,” held on Thursday, December…

Watch IURC LA Webinar #19 “IURC Latin America: Final lessons from the Region-to-Region cooperation”

Ramon ZamoraNov 29, 20232 min read

IURC Latin America Webinar Highlights Successful Region-to-Region Collaborations The recent IURC Latin America webinar, held on Thursday, November 23rd, provided valuable insights into successful collaborations between regions, focusing on lessons…

Last IURC-LA webinar “IURC Latin America: Final lessons from the City-to-City cooperation”

Ramon ZamoraNov 24, 20232 min read

Join us for the last IURC webinar “IURC Latin America: Final lessons from the City-to-City cooperation”! The event is organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LA)…

Webinar #19 IURC “Latin America: Final lessons from the Region-to-Region cooperation”

Ramon ZamoraNov 9, 20231 min read

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the webinar “IURC Latin America: Final lessons from the Region-to-Region cooperation”. The event is organized by the International Urban and…

IURC Latin America participates in the final IURC Annual Event in Brussels

Ramon ZamoraOct 31, 20234 min read

The International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) programme – IURC Latin America proudly took part in the grand culmination of the IURC Annual Event held in Brussels on October 24th,…

IURC Regional Event in Bilbao Fuels International Exchange on Urban Regeneration

Ramon ZamoraOct 26, 20235 min read

IURC Latin America is thrilled to report the completion of its regional event in Bilbao, Spain, which focused on urban regeneration and post-industrial development. The event took place from…

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Circular Economy Primer: Promoting and Facilitating Change in Your City

IURC North AmericaJan 17, 20243 min read

In the past three years, collaborations, investments, and knowledge sharing has multiplied on themes related to the circular economy (CE). Networks, knowledge-sharing hubs, and training tools are bringing to light…

Shaping the Future of Sustainable and Resilient Cities Through International Cooperation

IURC North AmericaJan 17, 20243 min read

Climate change and environmental deterioration have become central to cities’ urban development plans. As a result, the European Union’s IURC program facilitates the exchange of challenges and solutions internationally to accelerate the reduction…

Cities Learning from Cities: Results from IURC NA 2

IURC North AmericaDec 8, 20234 min read

During the last online session of IURC North America in 2023, cities participating in the second phase of IURC North America talked about how the knowledge exchanged with peers through…

Cities Learning from Cities: The Success of IURC North America’s Second Phase

IURC North AmericaNov 28, 20234 min read

In 2021, the second phase of the IURC North America (IURC NA) program was launched, marking a significant milestone in the collaborative effort towards sustainable urban development. The IURC NA…

Cities from IURC NA and LA Present in Brussels Results from their Cooperation

IURC North AmericaNov 3, 20232 min read

On October 23rd, a cohort of 28 cities and regions gathered in Brussels, Belgium, to present the activities undertaken during their participation in IURC, lessons learned, and plans for the…

Transforming Urban Public Space: Addressing Climate Change, Accessibility, and Social Inclusion

IURC North AmericaOct 23, 20234 min read

Among the more problematic effects climate change imposes on urban planners are the challenges of creating and re-purposing public spaces that mitigate urban heat islands and alleviate threats from intense rain…

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