Category: News from IURC


Malaysia: EU Project IURC Runs Panel Discussion on Cities, Climate Action and Circular Economy

The IURC team organised the panel discussion "Moving towards a circular economy in the development of Sustainable Cities" within the virtual conference "Road to Glasgow – Kunming “Combatting Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss in Malaysia” organised by the Delegation of the European Union jointly with WWF Malaysia. The conference was opened by the Head of the European Union Delegation to...

EU Climate Diplomacy Week in Indonesia 2021

From 11 to 16 October 2021, the European Union in Indonesia hosted the “EU Climate Diplomacy Week in Indonesia 2021” to foster dialogue on climate change, showcase success stories and inspire further action. The event included conferences, citizens’ debates and other outreach activities, bringing together communities and a wide range of stakeholders. The IURC took part in the thematic session...

4 EU cities prepped for cooperation with Australia

Today, the project’s helpdesk based at the RMIT organised a meeting to prep city coordinators from Barcelona, Florence, Hamburg and Madrid for cooperation with Australian cities. Bruce Wilson, who is leading the helpdesk for Australasia, introduced the context in which the cooperation would take place (Covid-19, metropolitan capitals), the active role of the EU Delegation to Australia in initiating cooperation,...

6th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference

As part of the session on “Ambition in Adaptation and Role of Partnerships in Global South” at the 6th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, a number of experts across the world focused on how to build partnerships/initiatives/alliances on climate change adaptation. From IURC Asia Australasia, Dr. Panagiotis Karamanos, Urban Development Expert, talked about the importance of stakeholder commitment, establishment of...

1st Thematic Webinar – Addressing Climate Change Effects in Cities

Over 80 representatives from IURC pilot cities in 20 countries participated in the 1st thematic webinar "Addressing Climate Change Effects in Cities". The event focused on nature-based solutions (NBS) and green infrastructure measures implemented by cities in Europe, Asia and Australasia to mitigate heat island and heavy rainfall events. It was moderated by Megan Chow, Country Coordinator of the IURC...

First International E-Certificate Course on Mainstreaming Urban Climate Action Launched

The International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) programme of the European Union, in partnership with the Delegation of European Union to India (EUD India), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), launched an e-Certificate Course on Mainstreaming Urban Climate Action on 29 September 2021 from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM. The course builds...

Exciting exchange of best practices and pilot projects to be expected from EU-Korean city-to-city cooperation

Six EU and Korean pilot cities in the IURC programme had their kick-off meeting on 30 September 2021 to introduce their interests and best practices in areas such as climate action, energy, mobility, flood resilience and healthcare. The meeting was opened by Mr. Patrick Polacsek from the EU Delegation to Korea, who congratulated Busan, Sejong, Seoul, Dublin, Rotterdam and Sofia...

IURC cities and regions revealed

86 European cities and regions have been paired with counterparts in 18 non-EU countries throughout Asia, Australasia, North and Latin America. The list of cities and regions that will work in IURC is now available here and will be updated constantly in the next weeks as more cities and regions are confirmed. Cities and regions will cooperate in three thematic...

Working Group Meeting on Solid Waste Management (Developments and Updates) from the Indian Cities of Gangtok, Leh and Vijayawada

On 24 September 2021, the German RETech Partnership and the International Urban and Regional Cooperation programme of the European Union together organised an exclusive webinar on solid waste management in Indian cities. This workshop is bi-annually organised by the REtech Partnership to inform its members on the ongoing and forthcoming activities and initiatives of the working group and developments in...

Free online course on sustainable urban mobility

Mobility is a key area for the development of sustainable and socially inclusive cities. Yet many cities fail to provide the urban environment and transport system to tackle the challenges of our time, namely climate change, public health and social equity. To face this issue the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) together with the University College of London (UCL) developed...