Category: News from IURC


Cooperation now begins in Australia

Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne will now begin to establish cooperation on urban development with Barcelona, Florence, Hamburg and Madrid within the IURC programme as an online launch was organized for the seven cities on 30 November 2021. The event was moderated by Prof. Bruce Wilson, who is leading a team of academics at RMIT providing helpdesk support to the city-to-city...

4th Thematic Webinar – The Role of Municipalities in Promoting the Renovation Wave

For cities to achieve carbon neutrality, renovating old buildings so that they are energy-efficient is crucial. According to the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, buildings represent 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of GHG emissions in the EU. Without such renovation, the net zero carbon goal would be unlikely. On 29 November 2021, IURC Asia &...

IURC Annual Event – Highlights

"This is a make-or-break decade" for climate change and the just transition, so said Normunds Popens, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s DG REGIO as he opened the International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) programme’s Annual Event on 23 & 24 November 2021. With this quote from Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen, Popens drew the audience’s attention at once...

Webinar: Smart Strategies for Equality and Social Inclusion

(EN) We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the webinar "Smart Strategies for Equality and Social Inclusion" organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme on Thursday, December 9th at 09:00 CDT/16:00 CEST. The webinar will have a duration of 1 hour.  The webinar seeks to introduce smart strategies and analyse how...

IURC Annual Event 2021: a global network coming together

44 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...

IURC Kick-off Meeting in Indonesia

On 23 November, IURC organised a kick-off meeting to launch cooperation between Semarang City and Bandung City in Indonesia and Sofia City in Bulgaria and Rome City in Italy, with Ms. Dini Laraswati, Country Coordinator in Indonesia, as the moderator. The meeting began with opening words from Seth Van Doorn, Project Manager - Foreign Policy Instruments, Delegation of the European...

Bilateral meetings and ‘Partnerships Agreements’ between IURC Latin America cities and regions

Cities and regions participating in IURC Latin America successfully completed two rounds of bilateral meetings in which they talked about their common themes of interest. As a result, Partnerships Agreements are expected to be signed by the end of the month to officialise their collaborative work.

Watch the webinar: “Financing Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities and Regions”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMU5iejS8gc On November 17th, IURC Latin America held the first webinar of a series of 20. The event, about “Financing green infrastructure for sustainable cities and regions”, brought together international experts from WRI, AECID, and GIZ, that introduced green finance instruments to cities and regions interested in sustainable development, while highlighting the need to shift towards better investment strategies in...

2nd Round of EU-Malaysia Cities’ Bilateral Exchanges

For the second time since the kick-off meeting, Malaysian and Portuguese pilot cities representatives met online and agreed on cooperation areas, possible pilot actions and possible schedules for the study visits. Three bilateral encounters were organised online: EIXO Atlántico and Georgetown (Penang State) Maia Municipality + Maiambiente and Seberang Perai (Penang State) Vila Nova de Famalicão and Seberang Perai (Penang...

3rd Thematic Webinar – Post COVID-19 Mobility: Bringing Back City Transport

Date & Time: 11th November 2021, 2 – 3 pm IST | 9:30 – 10:30 am CET | 7:30 – 8:30 pm AEDT Location: Zoom Webinar The first event of the regular series on ‘Post COVID-19 and Inclusive Recovery’ focused on mobility with an objective to address the question “How to reinstate public systems and non-motorised means as better ways...