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Albacete is a city in the Spanish autonomous community of Castilla–La Mancha and the capital of the province of It is one of the most accessible cities across the country. Albacete has five large industrial zones, while the city houses the Air and Logistic Park of Albacete.

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Almada is one of the 18 municipalities in Lisbon’s Metropolitan Area. The northern river front of Almada still shelters natural species of great biological value. The preservation of these important ecological values led the Municipality of Almada to develop nature-based solutions to promote adaptation and territorial resilience.

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Almería is located in the South East of Spain. The city is surrounded by an arid landscape and a Mediterranean coastal strip featuring many tourist attractions, such as the ancient Alcazaba. The economy of Almería is mainly based on greenhouse agriculture, tourism, and the service sector.

Almería has extensive experience in water efficiency. The city is looking to learn best practices on circular economy, nature-based solutions, and environmental sustainability. 

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Anci Lazio is the Association of municipalities of Lazio region, involving both the City Council of Velletri and the City of Rome. Velletri is situated in the most densely populated part of Rome’s metropolitan area. Rome is the city with the largest urban agriculture area in Europe. 

Anci Lazio is interested in working on urban poverty alleviation and social inclusion of migrants and refugees, as well as in developing sustainable agriculture and building a Food Policy. 

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Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Ancona is one of the most important ports in Italy. Its economy is based on port and fishing activities, industry, trade, and services. The city was finalist for Italy’s Capital of Culture 2022, highlighting its goal of boosting culture and tourism as economic engines for development.  

Ancona is particularly interested in promoting tourism through positioning and branding strategies. The city seeks to promote urban renewal with projects linked to port and city integration and neighbourhoods rehabilitation. 

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Founded in 1986, ANCIM represents 35 municipalities of small Italian islands where residents are over 200,000 people combined. The objectives of the association are to overcome the practice of development centred almost exclusively on tourism and make the islands more sustainable both socially and economically.


The City of Aurora is the second-largest city in Illinois. Aurora has long been a transportation hub with easy access to Interstate 88, two Metra stations, and a regional airport. It also counts with four Higher Education Institutions,14 business parks, and a 130+ mile fiber network.

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Barcelona is undergoing a third wave of transformation to reclaim and regenerate green corridors and restore biodiversity in the city by developing key high value metropolitan strategic environments for socio-economic revitalization using smart and nature-based solutions. Key urban remodelling and development projects include the Besòs River Plan and 22@.

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The Barcelona Metropolitan Area is the public administration of the metropolitan area of Barcelona and encompasses 36 municipalities. The metropolitan area occupies a strategic position in southern Europe, in the middle of the Mediterranean corridor. This privileged position has allowed it to become the epicentre of the region Catalonia.

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Bari has a solid mercantile and entrepreneurial tradition and is always a focal point in trade and political-cultural contacts with Middle East. The main challenges Bari faces are the redevelopment of the waterfront, the conversion of brownfield into parks and cultural centres, and the enhancement of archaeological and architectural heritage.


Barranquilla is an industrial and port city bordering the Caribbean Sea. It is the capital of the Atlantic department and an economic centre of national relevance. It is indeed the most important economy of the Caribbean regioand has the fourth largest GDP amongst Colombian cities. 

Barranquilla seeks to address issues of urban poverty and regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods. The city is also interested in sustainable agriculture, with a special focus on urban gardens. 

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Belo Horizonte is Brazil’s third most populated metropolitan area. The city recognizes the complicated socioeconomic situation of the city in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and is actively engaged in fostering sustainable urban development as a recovery strategy. 

Belo Horizonte seeks to promote its Favela 2030 Programme to build resilience and promote development in marginalized and vulnerable communities. It also seeks to collaborate on Digitalization and Food Security. 

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Bergamo is a city in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy; Its municipal administration is committed to safeguarding urban agriculture and local biodiversity through its Territorial Government Plan, which resulted in the Biodiversity Valley. Additionally, Bergamo promotes a more sustainable gastronomic industry by signing the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.

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The Bielsko-Biała functional area is organized around the agglomeration of Bielsko-Biała and Czechowice-Dziedzice. The area is socially and economically active, attracts cutting edge technologies, entrepreneurs and investors. Its main goal is sustainable and permanent development that creates favorable conditions for living, high quality services and access to well-developed technical infrastructure.


Boston has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. After Boston’s population reached a low point in 1980, residents’ tenacity, complemented by its world-class hospitals and universities, fueled the city’s reinvention into a knowledge economy. Over the past five years, Boston has grown twice as quickly as the nation.

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Braga has always taken a strategic and central regional role for its privileged geographical location and dynamism, playing a leading role in the region’s economy, culture, knowledge, and technology. Braga has created an environment of innovation and was selected 2021 finalist for the European Rising Innovative City by the EC.

Thematic Clusters

Education, Jobs & Skills

Cross-cutting challenges

Digital Transition & Smart City

Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia with high potential to be an example of smart and innovative solutions for sustainable urban development. It has been strongly committed to SUD and climate change adaptation as city’s historic areas are at risk from the impacts of extreme weather events.

Bratislava will continue to cooperate with Tokorozawa to integrate urban ecology viewpoints such as the role of green infrastructures into urban planning.

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Busan Metropolitan City is the second largest city in the Republic of Korea and is one of the busiest port cities in the world, renowned for tourism and culture. A Smart City National Pilot City, Busan boasts considerable experience in smart city, mobility, and transportation.

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Cali is strategically connected to the Pacific coast through the Buenaventura port and to the municipality of Yumbo, which is an important industrial center. Cali is considered a key national economic center, especially for its industrial sector and agri-food production. The city also has a dynamic service sector. 

Cali is interested in sustainable and strategic planning regarding housing, public services, mobility, urban infrastructure, and public spaces. It promotes climate change management at the local level and rural-urban integration. 

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Christchurch is the country’s second-largest city by urban area population. Historically a dominant economic activity, agriculture has been complemented by a rise in scientific and technology-based industries. One of Christchurch’s major initiatives is the development of wellbeing-focused collaborations and approaches supporting individual, community, and business resilience in response to disaster.

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