Author: Franziska Walther


IURC and its take on International Approaches to Regional Development

To provide an insight on the future of Regional Development outside of Europe, the IURC programme shared several examples of best practices in terms of international cooperation which contributed to the regional development of European and Latin American regions. This presentation was in the framework of the 30th year anniversary celebration of the European Association of Development Agencies. During a...

Brainstorming on International Urban Cooperation with Eurocities

34 city practitioners gathered in Espoo during the Eurocities annual conference for an IURC side event (8 June) and speed-networking session (10 June) to brainstorm on their international cooperation experience, discussing expectations, achievements, good practices to showcase, and opportunities for improvements. The side event kicked off with a discussion on the expectations European cities have when getting involved in International...

Join IURC at the World Urban Forum in Katowice

The International Urban and Regional Cooperation programme (previously IUC) financed under the Foreign Partnership Instrument (FPI) and the strategic support from the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG-REGIO) of the European Commission, has contributed to bring together cities and regions from across the globe to work jointly towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda (as...

IURC among the EU voluntary commitments to the New Urban Agenda

In the framework of the High-Level Meeting on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the EU and its Member States pledged six commitments taking sustainable urban development forward and accelerating the delivery of the UN New Urban Agenda: The renewed Urban Agenda for the EU Supporting the implementation of the Degree of Urbanisation The International Urban and Regional Cooperation...

NOW OPEN! ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity Sino-European call

For this new ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) call, JPI Urban Europe and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) will address the urban mobility, accessibility, and connectivity challenge in the Sino-European cooperation, with a focus on knowledge and impact. In answer to the global urbanisation challenge, JPI Urban Europe and the National Natural Science Foundation of...

People-Centred Smart Cities: cities invited to join challenge on e-government and public participation

UN-Habitat invites cities and local governments to join and evaluate pitch sessions from public and private solution providers that build digital platforms for public engagement. Cities will have the opportunity to work with UN-Habitat and partners to identify best practices, learn more about digital platform tools, network with solution providers and other cities, and understand how to evaluate and assess digital technologies that...

Open Call for city governments and experts to pilot city-wide implementations of digital rights

The Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, UN-Habitat, UCLG and Eurocities, in partnership with the Open Society Foundation, are launching an open call to find city governments and experts in Europe to pilot the Digital Rights Governance Framework. The Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, launched by the Cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York in November 2018 and now with a...

The future of food markets

In the context of the current COVID-19 crisis, food markets appear as an opportunity to foster new strategies to build more resilient cities. Food markets can contribute to provide healthier food options and improve citizens food habits. Moreover, they can improve connectivity for cities to their natural environment by creating urban-rural connections and help consumers, retailers, and vendors better connect...

IURC Annual Event 2021: a global network coming together

43 countries from around the globe came together at the IURC Annual Event 2021 - two intense days discussing challenges and solutions in cities and regions With more than 300 representatives from cities and regions tuning in over the course of two days, a major milestone for international urban and regional cooperation was reached this week with the first IURC...